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The Duchess of Cornwall attends a 500 words writing workshop at Weston Park Primary School

21st January 2015

The Duchess of Cornwall and BBC Radio 2 Presenter Chris Evans meet children taking part in the All Star Laboratory Writing Workshop

The Duchess of Cornwall and BBC Radio 2 Presenter Chris Evans meet children taking part in the All Star Laboratory Writing Workshop

The Duchess of Cornwall and Radio 2 DJ Chris Evans visited Weston Park Primary School in north London today, launching the 500 words short story writing competition for children.

Evans met The Duchess at Clarence House yesterday after enlisting her support for the children's short story contest 500 Words, which is now in its fifth year.

The special "story laboratory'' launched this year's contest to find promising young writers at Weston Park Primary School in Haringey.

In the school's main hall Evans was hosting a master class where three of the judging panel, Francesca Simon, creator of the Horrid Henry series of books, Frank Cottrell Boyce and Children's Laureate Malorie Blackman were giving children their top tips.

The writers told the children to think about mood when story writing, or to draw their characters and use sounds to help with the creative process.

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The Duchess of Cornwall with author Francesca Simon meets children at the Weston Park Primary School 500 words writing workshop

The Duchess of Cornwall with author Francesca Simon meets children at the Weston Park Primary School 500 words writing workshop

The Duchess even asked a question about the format a story should take, telling the writers that when she was at school she was told a story should have a beginning, middle and end.

During the visit Her Royal Highness toured the classrooms where children were taking part in writing-themed lessons, from imagining themselves as Horrid Henry to using objects, from sunglasses to a hair dryer, to think up story plots.

At the end of the story master class The Duchess told the children she had read to her children and now reads to her grandchildren before posing for a picture with them and Evans.

The Duchess is a keen supporter of promoting literacy and is Patron of a number of literacy charities. You can find out more by visiting the links below and you can watch the video from the visit on the BBC Radio 2 website.