Over the last couple of years, Peak (formerly Arts Alive Wales) in conjunction with Powys Arts Development Service, while working closely with Powys High Schools, initiated Caban Sgriblio, a creative writing project for young people. It is particularly aimed at those young people who struggle with either a lack of confidence or interaction with their peers and /or adults.
The workshops use poetry and a range of writing activities to develop pupils’ creativity and imagination. The atmosphere is relaxed and collaborative, participants are encouraged to explore ideas and images in the development of their unique personal voice.Those involved are identified by teachers as students who would benefit most from taking part. Each group consists of approximately 12 students.
What Do Teachers Think?
“What’s been particularly fascinating is looking at how student relationships have changed… the wider impact in terms of feedback from subject teachers … (teachers) has described some students who would have perhaps been more isolated in classroom situations, being braver and prepared to share their views, or instead of working alone, actually working with a partner…”
“Some students have improved their confidence, their self esteem, and their ability to perform and work with others. For some it has developed their ability to write, and for some … we have evidence that along with other things the school is doing, it has contributed to an increase in their reading age and spelling age.”
What Do Students Think?
“Basically, Caban Sgriblio is like taking a brain, mushing up all of the amazing ideas, pouring them into a pen and then writing!”
The emphasis of the project is to extend the imaginative capacity of the students involved and also to encourage their willingness to communicate personal experiences. Vocabulary and language skills are developed and the students gain a knowledge of stylistic writing and experience of presenting their writing.
The students also acquire an understanding of the role that communication can play and so may become more adept at expressing their views, resulting in an all round increase in confidence.
A programme of 10 creative writing workshops are being held at Crickhowell High School every Wednesday as follows:
Wednesday 29 November 2017
Wednesday 6 December 2017
Wednesday 13 December 2017
Wednesday 10th January 2018
Wednesday 17th January 2018
Wednesday 24th January 2018
Wednesday 31st January 2018
Wednesday 7th February 2018
Wednesday 21st February 2018
Wednesday 28th February 2018
Wednesday 7th March 2018
Wednesday 14th March 2018
Wednesday 21st March 2018
If you would like more information about the Caban Sgriblio initiative, please download the leaflet below.
What Our Students Have Been Doing?
In the Caban Sgriblio creative writing workshop on Wednesday 17th January, our students were inspired by nature and walking in the Black Mountains, to mark the change in Arts Alive Wales’ name to Peak. The students rose to the challenge. Here’s a poem written by Year 9 student, Kelsa Gordon, an energetic, dynamic poem capturing the effort and excitement of walking up the Black Mountains.
The following poems were written by Jake Wise and Abbie Phillis in the Caban Sgriblio creative writing workshop held on Wednesday 31st January 2018.
Here’s a poem written by Tia Brayfield-Smith during our workshop held on Wednesday 7th February 2018. It’s slightly cynical disenchanted tone of the Art Gallery!
And here’s a rather beautiful poem written by Abbie Phillis during our workshop on 21st February 2018. It’s called The Stream.