Meet the Truggers – Moontrug’s Writing Workshops…

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Last year I wrote a blog post revealing what on earth a Moontrug is (read it here) and now I find myself with an army of Truggers and people all over the place asking: WHAT ON EARTH IS A TRUGGER? Well, a Trugger is a person, usually a child, who is bonkers enough to commit themselves to a day of writing and adventure-ing at Moontrug’s Writing Workshops, hosted by Moontrug and Moontrek (Moontrug’s explorer-mad brother, Tom): Inventing Villains, Entering Fantasy Worlds, Discovering Secret Cities, Shaping Seas & Forests and Creating Magical Creatures. Autumn has been a busy time for the Truggers already and on Saturday 13th September, ten Truggers took part in the Shaping Seas & Forests workshop…

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After taking a word for a walk and having a rummage around in Moontrug’s writing shed, we listened to Kevin Crossley-Holland’s Sea Tongue and began to create our own sea settings. Think sharks slicing through the surface of the sea, mer creatures calling to one another in swelling moans and obstinate cliffs roaring back at the waves. After lunch we hopped it over to the park to climb trees, gather magical-looking leaves and dream up our talking trees. And by the end of the day we’d written about bark as gnarled as a toad’s foot and branches that swayed like lingering hands…

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On 27th September, the Truggers were out again – creating magical creatures this time. We kicked off with a glimpse at how the pros do it – Chris Riddell’s Bandersnatch, CS Lewis’ Mr Tumnus, JK Rowling’s Dobby, Roald Dahls’ BFG and Philip Pullman’s Pantalaimon. Then, amid a jumble of bubble wrap, silly putty, sandpaper, velvet gloves and fur hats, the Truggers dreamt up the most magical creatures they could. We had everything from flying Whispersilks to angry Glomptrundles – creatures who could suck the moon towards them and those who could breathe gallons of fire. After lunch we headed off for an Anti Gravity yoga class where Truggers flipped, spun, jumped and crouched into the shapes of magical creatures – a pretty magical end to day of inventing fantastical creatures…

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Moontrug has two more workshops this Autumn: there’s another chance for Anti-Gravity Yoga at the Creating Magical Creatures day on 24th October, and on 30th October, Moontrug will be taking children to the London dungeons to help Truggers create the ghastliest, grossest, scariest, vilest villain they can on the Inventing Villains day. For more information on Moontrug’s workshops, skitter around on here.

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