Creative Writing Class Ideas
I begin each class with a short interactive discussion; then students engage in a writing activity related to the day’s subject.
Some students prefer to work on the same piece during the eight sessions and I encourage that; it’s fun for all of us to watch their story evolve over the two week period.
I am always impressed with the clever storylines that even the youngest students create.
This session encourages students to get out of their comfort zone and try writing in a different style such as adventure, mystery, humor, suspense, or science fiction.
It seemed fitting that I would teach a Creative Writing Class for Children, a summer program that I designed for motivated children ages eight to thirteen, here in a Big Ten university town.
Amazingly, the class is quite effective with the huge age range.
I stress that a good story doesn’t need to “look pretty”; I am seeking creative and interesting content.
Students enjoy reading and critiquing each other’s stories. Students create a story around an unusual scenario, problem or character such as a dentist with no teeth or coming to a party in costume when it turns out it is not a costume party.
The students are entertained and there’s much laughter as they read aloud their finished stories.
One the second day of class, I bring some magazine pictures and some photographs and ask the students to select one or more of the pictures.
On the first day of class I give the students all the printed materials for the class.
These include a class outline; guidelines to critique writing in terms of plot, setting, characters, and so on; and a list of books, magazines, and websites with more resources for aspiring writers.