DS is a collection of story openings, fiction writing ideas and resources, to support teachers at KS1 and KS2 in the teaching and learning of fiction writing.
They are intended for school teachers looking for writing resources to use in class. This can be to demonstrate, inspire, or initiate the writing process in various fiction genre.
All the writing on the website is offered under a Creative Commons licence, which allows for the content to be reproduced for use in class, and for the teacher and students to base their own writing from it. Should this be later published in any format, they must reference my original text as the initiating idea that inspired their work.
The writing is currently organised into:
Story Openings – first sentences, paragraphs to get an idea underway;
Quick Ideas – ‘What if’s’ and other thought provokers;
Part Works – longer ‘short’ stories told in chapters over time. Some finished, some not so.
Each of these is split in to genre categories, such as adventure, mystery, science fiction, and so on. Because they are primarily offered as a teaching resource, they are also tagged with the corresponding tense and perspective to allow searching under this criteria. If other tags would be useful, let me know.
The story openings are initially categories under the genre that feels most appropriate to me. However I realise that with another writer at the helm they may move in directions that are more like other genres, so they are then tagged with a number of other likely genre tags so that they appear under those listings as well as my original most personal choice.
To me this is a therapeutic outlet and vehicle to support the profession even though my role does not directly facilitate this. As such all the story openings, writing ideas will always remain free to access and use for your own education related purposes. The Creative Commons license I use ensures that. However in order to pay for the ongoing costs of the website, newsletter, digital tools and so on, I have included a few income generating solutions.
All new DS content is published on the website, but also on various social media profiles, such as facebook, twitter, ____ and as an RSS feed and Newsletter.
If you wish to support the project, by way of donation, you can donate directly to it here.