In my second year of university, I volunteered to help moderate a creative writing project called WordVooDoo, run online by Mr Savage, a teacher at George Mitchell School, London. And I’ve been a moderator there ever since.
Selected pupils from the school, aged between 12-16, anonymously posted their responses to creative challenges, set by Mr Savage. The team of moderators were allocated about three students each, and commented on their posted work, offering advice and encouragement.
The standard has been impressive, and it has been a pleasure to see the students improve.
A ‘Junior WordVooDoo’ was even run for a little while.
But it would be impossible for projects like this not to run into a few problems here and there, and after several years, the project has come to an end.
To go out with a bang, the project’s last task was competition-styled. I spent a few hours this weekend reading and commenting on my students’ last pieces of work, and reading through all the students’ entries. I sent my judgements via email to Mr Savage, who will announce the winners soon. Prizes include book tokens, and a year’s worth of mentoring from some of the moderators.
All the students are extremely talented, and I hope that they all continue to write creatively. I only wish there had been a project like this when I was at school!
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