The Story Maker: Helping 4 – 11 Year Olds to Write Creatively, 3rd Edition (Paperback) book cover

The Story Maker

Helping 4 – 11 Year Olds to Write Creatively, 3rd Edition

By Frances Dickens, Kirstin Lewis


162 pages | 446 Color Illus.

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The Story Maker is an innovative manual designed to help children aged 4-11 write creatively. Packed with original colour illustrations, the book is full of handy tips and guidance that will inspire children of all abilities to write their own stories and broaden their vocabulary.

Each chapter focuses on a key element of story writing; for example story types, settings, characters, feelings and time. The chapters contain writer’s tips and easy-to-implement suggestions, as well as interactive activities designed to help children practise using new vocabulary. Introductory material on narrative planning explores story development and guides children to shape their own stories

Key features include:

  • a simple layout that will appeal to children
  • photocopiable material that can easily be used in class
  • a separate introduction for older children who can work alone
  • an expanded section on narrative planning with new content on character, setting, plot, conflict and resolution
  • now in larger A4 format for ease of photocopying

The updated third edition of this inspiring resource can be used by teachers and parents to develop children’s creative writing and help support National Curriculum Literacy objectives in Key Stages 1 and 2.


"The book has just the right approach to encourage children, and the ideas will be useful for parents working at home with their children, as well as within schools; the book is also suitable for older children to use independently (and includes a separate introduction for them), making it even more versatile. A really excellent and practical book, brimful with ideas."— Parents in Touch

Table of Contents


Narrative Planning

  1. Story Types
  2. Settings
  3. Characters
  4. Objects
  5. Feelings
  6. Size
  7. Speech and sound
  8. Speed
  9. Texture, smell and taste
  10. Colour
  11. Time
  12. Weather

Reading List

About the Authors

Frances Dickens taught in Lambeth for over 18 years, specialising in art, drama, English as a Second Language and Special Educational Needs. During her time in teaching she had the idea for The Story Maker, a book designed to motivate young children to use their imaginations and write stories. Tried and tested in the classroom, she went onto create The Story Maker Motivator for secondary school students. She is the author of several fiction books for children, including The Giant from Nowhere created from her drama work with primary school children.

Kirstin Lewis is an experienced classroom teacher and literary consultant who specialises in working with EAL children from pre-school age to 11 years.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Elementary