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.

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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.

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