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June 25, 2023 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
  • Midsummer Madness
  • Workshop

How to Write a Super Story in 3 Easy Steps – workshop for ages 7-11

Catherine Emmett


Cressing Temple Barns, Witham Road
Braintree, Essex CM77 8PD
per child, accompanying adult free

Catherine Emmett
How to Write a Super Story in 3 Easy Steps

Award winning author Catherine Emmett explores how to write a story in 3 easy steps. The workshop will look at what makes a brilliant beginning, a magnificent middle and an excellent ending. Catherine will use her award-winning book, The Pet to explore how the rule of 3 can be used to create super stories!

Catherine will talk through what each part of a story needs and will then work with the children to come up with a collaborative story and will show how using the rule of 3 can help structure a tense and exciting story.

For ages: 7-11

Cressing Temple Barns, Witham Road, Braintree, Cressing, CM77 8PD
Sunday 25 June, 12.30 – 1.30pm
Tickets: £3 per child, accompanying adult free
Box Office: eventbrite.com

Part of Midsummer Madness – Our one day mini-festival for families and young people at Cressing Temple Barns. Storytelling, theatre, poetry, eco-crafts, comics, coding, and mud pies galore in our pop-up forest school, what’s not to like!



About the book – The Pet

Digby David wants a pet, but not just any pet – it has to be twice as big as Reuben’s guinea pig and even better than Lily Jean’s cat. Digby David’s Daddy does what he’s told, and soon Digby has a guinea pig, which he loves with all his heart… for half a day. Digby demands bigger and better, Daddy’s hair gets greyer and greyer, and when Digby’s dog gets boring too, he insists Daddy buy him… a gorilla!

A hilarious tale with a ‘be careful what you wish for’ message, especially if you wish for a gorilla and don’t look after it properly.

Illustrated by the bestselling illustrator of the Mr Gum books, David Tazzyman. Published by Macmillan.



About the author

Cath grew up in Newcastle and spent her childhood reading books and dreaming about having lots of animals. But when she grew up, she moved to the Big Smoke and spent her time making boring spreadsheets instead.

After advising a group of young girls to find a career that they loved and to follow their dreams, she decided to take her own advice! She packed up her husband and her three young boys, escaped to rural Essex where she started to write picture books. She now spends her days surrounded by words, animals and her noisy family.

Funny, clever and heart-warming, with twisty plots and endearing characters, Cath’s stories feature an original and exciting new voice. She writes in both faultless rhyme that is a joy to read aloud and engaging prose. Both of Catherine’s books have won awards and been shortlisted for numerous others. Sammy Striker and the Football Cup and The Dodo Who Dreamed she could Fly will be out later this year.


Follow Catherine on Twitter @emmett_cath and Instagram @Catherine_emmett_author



Midsummer Madness is kindly funded by the Essex County Council Arts and Cultural fund.

The Essex County Council Arts and Cultural fund has been designed to help organisations and practitioners to deliver a broad and exciting range of work and activity to engage with and bring residents together.

The arts, cultural and creative projects supported by the Essex County Council Arts and Cultural Fund, will contribute to the Levelling UP Essex Strategy and play an integral part in enabling the objectives of Essex County Council’s wider objectives as set out in Everyone’s Essex.

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Cressing Temple Barns
Witham Road
Braintree, Essex CM77 8PD
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