Storytellers of all ages – we need you!

Could you write a short story to bring a smile to the faces of the people in Eastleigh most affected by isolation?

We are asking you to write a short story that we will deliver to vulnerable and older people in our town, keeping Eastleigh connected and sharing messages of hope, humour and happiness by bringing a smile to those who may be feeling most alone.

Whether you’re an experienced writer or this is totally new to you, we want to hear from you!

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Tell us a Story (download PDF) tips for adult writers 

Tell us a Story (download PDF) tips for children and young writers 


Rules

  • Make it positive! What story would really brighten someone's day?
  • Please keep your story to one side of A4 paper.
  • Have fun writing it!

Check out our storytelling tips sheet for advice and useful links:

Plan your story:
Beginning: You set the scene and let us meet your characters.
Middle: What problem, or an obstacle does your character face?
Ending: Your character solves the problem.


Story prompts and ideas:

  • You could make a story out of a happy memory or positive past experience. Perhaps you could take what happened and twist it to make it more unusual or interesting?
  • Setting the scene of your story can help you decide what you’d like to write. Is this happening in a real place you know well? A place you’ve made up?
  • Think about the kind of stories you enjoy in books, films and TV. Would you like to write something similar? Maybe you’re a fan of superheroes? Spies? Fantasy? Mysteries?

Your writing space:

  • If possible, try to find a place away from the rest of the activity in your home.
  • Make sure you’re sitting comfortably – ideally in a place where you can sit up straight and not strain your back or neck.
  • Think about what you can hear. Do you work best in the quiet? Or perhaps you’d prefer some relaxing music. Is there a certain type of music that goes well with your story setting?
  • If you like, use post it notes, coloured pens – anything that helps you think!
  • Take regular breaks! At least every 20 minutes or so.

Useful links:
Prolifiko – How To Write A Short Story
Kurt Vonnegut on How To Write A Good Short Story
Plot Generator – Random Story Ideas


When your story is finished, please send it with a title, your first name and age (if you’re happy to share) to gina.thorley@eastleigh.gov.uk

If you would like to share your story on social media to tell us you’ve taken part, make use the hashtag #ConnectionPoint.

We can’t wait to read your creations.

Performance information


Location: The Point & The Berry Theatre