Kingdom building on the Sunshine Coast

I’m currently working as a writer-in-residence at West Sechelt Elementary on the beautiful Sunshine Coast. The students are engaged in an ongoing (and ambitious!) project to create their own stories, which, as I like to think of it, is basically the same as building your own little world . . . which I why I kicked off my time there with my “Crafting Kingdoms” presentation.

I’m really pleased with the results so far. Many of the students took my . . . well, let’s just call it a “rant” . . . about brainstorming to heart. For my second weekly visit, they all arrived with their inspiration folders stuffed with sketches, drawings, and all sorts of other little ideas. A few students even came up with their own languages or codes for their worlds! And many of them also took my advice about patience, crafting some simply wonderful symbolic crests for their worlds.

There are so many students that I couldn’t photograph everything, but here are some pictures of some of the things that have caught my eye so far . . .

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This student is very organized, with labels and photocopies of interesting creatures to help inspire her!

West Sechelt Elementary - Kingdom building.

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I loved this students “checklist.” She’s got options for all sorts of details, right down to the props and types of shoes her character will wear!

West Sechelt Elementary - Kingdom building.

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This student spent a long time carefully designing his symbol, which he has not only used on his crest, but in other parts of his world.

West Sechelt Elementary - Kingdom building.

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I loved this curly tree . . . I want to visit this student’s world!

West Sechelt Elementary - Kingdom building.

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This is another tree world . . . Pinelandia!

West Sechelt Elementary - Kingdom building.

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This one isn’t quite done yet, but I loved the progress so far. This will be a kingdom of action!

West Sechelt Elementary - Kingdom building.

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I think this kingdom will be one that is both beautiful and dangerous!

West Sechelt Elementary - Kingdom building.

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This is a cute kingdom . . . though I get the sense there is an undercurrent of danger lurking somewhere!

West Sechelt Elementary - Kingdom building.

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This crest features a secret language!

West Sechelt Elementary - Kingdom building.

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