It feels such a long time since I sat down and started planning the launch of the new online club for Inkpots. But it’s only about four months ago that I really started making serious plans and now the moment we open our doors is almost here. Everything goes live next Monday 1 May – and I, for one, can’t wait!
The past couple of weeks in particular have been really busy at Inkpots HQ. There have been a few almost sleepless nights and much chocolate has been consumed in the name of getting things right. On such a project, there are a number of points which can only be decided upon when systems are being built. As much as I planned things carefully, it felt that we had more questions than answers some days.
But this morning I can take a step back and breathe. We’re almost there.
The timing of the opening of the club was crucial because it had to fit in with the school holidays; I also run after school clubs at five schools in mid Sussex and I needed the majority of the work to be completed by the time we returned after Easter.
One of the schools returned this week, and it was a very welcome break from checking website copy to go and run the club.
It was also a timely reminder why I am launching Inkpots Inc.
At this particular group, we have some children who have formed their own Comic Crew. This all came about because I found the fabulous Comics Club Blog via Twitter. A chance suggestion that some of the children might like to have a go lit a spark – and the fires of enthusiasm have been burning brightly ever since! The group work together, sharing ideas and jobs as they produce comic strips together. I am told by parents that it has completely inspired some children to keep on writing and creating at home. One boy, who was going through a phase of really disliking school, is more motivated and positive.
And that’s what Inkpots is all about. Supporting children to find the best creative outlet to express themselves.
It’s what Inkpots Inc will be about too. A light touch to encourage children to write stories, draw pictures and read books that they may not have considered. It’s a chance to come together to share their work and make new friends and creative connections; be inspired by creative professionals like authors and artists. And to have fun in the process.
If you know of children between 8 and 11 who love of this kind of thing, please have a look at more details about the club. www.inkpots.org/inkpots-inc
I would also be delighted to answer any questions you might have – firstname.lastname@example.org