The following is a short story written earlier tonight by a young student of mine. As facilitator of Children's Creative Writing and Confidence building workshops with The WRITE STUFF Kids Club, I continually encourage children to express themselves and their creativity in language and words. Earlier tonight I had a workshop with my children at Tullyarvan Mill in Buncrana, Co. Donegal. The children were preparing little wording pieces for their parents for Christmas. One little girl had her work finished so I asked her to write a little story. Her prompt was...On Christmas Eve. The following is her story:
On Christmas Eve I was getting into bed. I was soooo excited for Christmas. Then I fell asleep.
I woke up at 2.10am and standing there was SANTA! He was putting some stuff in my room. I pretended I was asleep but he just said: "HO HO HO! I know that you are awake Anna. So then I just sat up and said, "are you actually Santa?" "Yes I am". "Did you come from the real North Pole?" "Yes, and I'll take you there myself". "Really?" I said. "Oh yes" he said.
When I got there an elf gave me a free present. I said, "I can't wait to open it tomorrow." Then I woke up. It was just a dream.
When I went downstairs I saw the present the elf had gave me. I opened it and it was a picture of me and Santa. This is the best present ever! I put it in my room and I treasured it forever.
Anna O'Donnell age 9