Children from 5 to 19 years old and their families took part in the project. The ‘Help a Child Publish a Story’ project was funded by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Arts Grants Scheme in 2017-18, to develop an understanding of common elements within traditional stories and guide the participants to write their own stories.
The stories are archived. It is also known as the 'My Story Project' among the participants. The project continues to deliver story writing workshops for lifelong learners and new stories are added to the Story Library regularly.
The project workshops delivered in the library attracted under fives and their parents and carers. These parents and carers helped their children tell stories and they recorded their children’s stories on paper or using the ‘submit a story’ form we developed on our website.
As the stories were being submitted to us, they were published on Talk Together London’s team blog first. We developed a blog dedicated to archiving the project stories.
All the stories were then published on the Story Library pages of our website at http://www.talktogetherlondon.org/. The Story Library is being updated regularly since the completion of the project.
The Talk Together London team continue delivering ‘Story Writing with Play’ events and workshops at local libraries and Canalside House. To make learning fun and to encourage learners to tap into their creativity, we build emotionally significant links to the life of each person and engage all the senses and use tools and objects to support and promote thinking. By providing participants with Legos or modelling clay, we encourage them to imagine their own worlds – whether they are filled with magic carpets or flying robots.