Learn how to tell amazing stories

Each of the sections below contains downloadable StorySheets. These worksheets are designed to help you plan and think through your story. You can print them out and fill them in, or download the fillable PDF versions and complete them on a computer. (You’ll also want a notebook or laptop to actually write your story, using the StorySheets to guide you.)

StorySheets

1: How to Use StorySheets
A quick explanation of how to use the StorySheets to create an amazing story.

2: Gathering Ideas
Learn how to collect material for your stories from everyday life. 

3: Creating Characters
Creating a great character is the key to writing a great story. Develop a detailed character with this StorySheet.

4: Build a Setting
Learn how to create a detailed setting for your story and set the mood for your tale.

5: Story Map
You have a great character and an exciting setting – now it’s time to think about how your adventure will unfold. Use the Story Map to develop the plot of your story.

6: Hook Your Reader
You’ve planned out your story. Now it’s time to get writing. Start out with an amazing first line that will hook your reader!

7: Problems and Obstacles
Interesting problems make for interesting stories. Think about what struggles your character is going to face with this StorySheet.

8: Details Matter
Great writing uses just the right details to make your imaginary world real in the mind of the reader. Use this StorySheet to create amazing descriptions. 

9: Excellent Endings
You’ve told an epic tale. Now it’s time to finish off the story – but how? This StorySheet gives you a chance to explore your excellent ending. 

10: Dialogue
What will your characters say, and how will they say it? 

11: Editing and Revision
Put the final polish on your story!

 

A Note for Young Writers

There is no wrong way to use the StorySheets. But we suggest that you read How to use Storysheets first. Then start with Gathering Ideas, Creating Characters and Building A Setting. These StorySheets will help you assemble your ideas and create a foundation for your story. Once you’ve completed your Story Map, it’s time to start writing your story. Grab your favourite journal or laptop and start writing the first line with Hook Your Reader. Keep writing as you develop the Problems and Suspense that will drive the story. Improve your story with Details Matter, and then finish it off with Excellent Endings. 

A Note for Grown-ups: 

We’ve designed this section for writers between the ages of 5 to 13. Younger writers may need a little extra help – check out the Teach section for advice and support. In that section you can also download a parent’s guide, and an educator’s guide that links these resources to the British Columbia’s new curriculum.