500 Words 2019 - Live Lesson

What story will you be telling?

Opening in January 2019 for its 9th year, 500 Words is one of the most successful story-writing competitions for kids in the world and is open to every 5 - 13 year old in the UK. It has one aim: to encourage kids to realise that no matter what their background, education or lack thereof, their imagination matters.

We’ll be inspiring children to come up with their own amazing 500 Words story ideas in this live, interactive programme for schools. Content and resources for this Live Lesson are tailored for both 5 - 7 year olds and for ages 7 and up.

500 Words judges and authors Charlie Higson and Frank Cottrell-Boyce and author and illustrator Elys Dolan will be sharing tips, answering your questions and attempting to write a whole 500 Words story in the space of a single Live Lesson!

Find out more about the competition on the 500 Words website.

Tips and advice for teachers

After the Live Lesson, we will be recording a very special panel discussion programme for teachers, with educator and consultant Julia Skinner, teacher Simon Hunt and children's author Christopher Edge. Teachers will be able to watch the full programme a few days after the Live Lesson has aired here on our website.

How to get involved

Any questions? Contact us at live.lessons@bbc.co.uk.

Tips and advice on teaching creative writing
Read our Live Lesson story here
Story Sparks sent in by schools