Fiction-based workshops

Early on, it may be worth thinking about specific genres of stories that your collection might support. The types of stories that children create at school are:

  • Adventure
  • Mystery
  • Science Fiction
  • Fantasy
  • Historical fiction
  • Contemporary fiction
  • Dilemma Stories
  • Myths and Legends
  • Fairy tales
  • Fables
  • Traditional tales

Even if you are not sure which genre(s) your collection best supports, it’s quite likely that you can use artworks or objects to support these key elements of almost any story:

  • Creation of a main character (and possibly supporting characters)
  • Creation of a setting or settings where the story takes place
  • Ideas for problems or conflicts that the character(s) may encounter and (possibly) ideas for overcoming them

It is absolutely fine for children to be inspired to create only some elements of a story during a museum or gallery visit – there is no compulsion for the complete story to be written (or even planned) during this time. This is one example of where work in museums and galleries can sit within a broader scheme of work in school.


This document gives some additional pointers on planning fiction elements in a workshop.