Today, Hot Key is embarking on an ambitious experiment in online writing.
Fleur Hitchcock is the author of the Sunday Times Children’s Book of the Week (and Brandford Boase long-listed) title SHRUNK!
Just like us, she is eager to bring young readers into the writing and publishing experience. And not in any superficial way — she is bravely opening up her third book to the influences of over 1000 young readers.
The Story Adventure (http://www.thestoryadventure.com) kicks off today, where Fleur posts the first chapter of the sequel to SHRUNK! and asks all the members (some signed up on their own, some signed up with their whole class) to answer questions about things that could happen next in the story.
It’s a free project, designed for teachers and after school activity, tied in to the curriculum and a whole lot of fun.
Fleur has a general idea of where the story is going, but is open to any and all possibilities — which the Adventurers are already providing with drawings, models and lots and lots of suggestions.
We have no idea how it’s all going to turn out, but over the next 18 weeks – with a new chapter every week – we are looking forward to getting young people excited about books and reading and writing and about Fleur’s fantastic books.
Do you know a young reader who might be interested? Send them over to The Story Adventure.
And if you want to hear about the project from Fleur’s point of view, check out her blog on the subject: http://fleurhitchcock.wordpress.com/2013/01/21/scary-and-its-started/