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Where Do Stories Come From?

An Immersive Online Creative Writing Workshop Resources Pack for Teachers of 16+ Students

Inhabit the world of a writer as you craft your own story.

This pack accompanies and facilitates the use of ‘Where Do Stories Come From?’, an online and immersive creative writing experience. You can incorporate or adapt it into your English/IT lessons or writing workshops.

The experience itself was developed by celebrated author Tash Aw, the British Archive for Contemporary Writing, and technology partners Guildhall Live Events. It was generously funded by Arts Council England and was part of the University of East Anglia’s flagship project, Future and Form, launched at the Norfolk and Norwich Festival in May 2021.

It works as a standalone resource for an individual writer but can also be incorporated into remote and in person workshops and has been shared with the public since its launch with great success. It has been tried-and-tested with a variety of participants, from library users to school, college, and even Undergraduate university students.

Feedback so far from workshop participants: ‘it has left me inspired and enthused’; ‘has given me the confidence to take [my writing] forward’; ‘an innovative way to get one to start writing’; ‘the technology did make me think, and prompt me to write’.


  • Info Sheet – FOR STAFF (PDF) – Outlines workshop format and technology requirements; suggests questions for discussion and feedback; summarises troubleshooting and useful links.

Presentation Slides – PC (PDF) – A version that supports the ideal scenario: students have individual (or shared) PC access for the experience.

Presentation Slides – NO PC (PDF) – An alternative version that ensures participation without student PC access.

Writing Prompts – FOR STUDENTS (PDF) – An extracted version of the writing prompts embedded in the online, immersive writing experience – to be distributed and used if students don’t have PC access.