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Creative Writing

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on 25 April 2013

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Transcript of Creative Writing

Creative Writing "There's one characteristic that sets writing apart from most other arts - its apparent democracy, by which I mean its availability to almost everyone as a medium of expression.
-Margaret Atwood The Meaning of
Creative Writing It is aesthetic as opposed to purely informative and instrumental.
This includes poems, stories, and sometimes even essays and letters.

There is no definite line between expository and creative writing. The two can sometimes overlap. Time constraints make poetry ideal for the secondary classes. Formal constraints (like rhyme) are not indispensable in poetry. Students can really experiment with this form of creative writing because it is flexible and allows them to "bend the rules".
Unfortunately, many teachers do seem to shy away from teaching poetry. Poetry Benefits Creative Writing aids in language development:
Rules of Grammar
Phonology- Systems of Sounds
Verbal Discourse
Students are required to manipulate the language so they inevitably discover more about it. Intuition
Imagination
Close Observation
Personal Experiences Three Principles of Teaching Creative Writing Motivation
Challenge
Follow-Up Motivation It's extremely important for teachers to
create an engaging environment for students.
By including pictures, music, videos, and dialogue teachers are able to open up discussion about inspiration through the use of different media. Challenge Writing can be very challenging for many students. It's easy for them to get overwhelmed if they believe they have to write a lot, so
it helps to set a time limit, word limit, or page limit. Follow-Up Oral feedback is ideal in Creative Writing situations. Teachers need to critique and encourage students individually as opposed to just jotting remarks down on a piece of paper.
WHY IS CREATIVE WRITING SO DIFFICULT TO TEACH? By nature, writing it is a solo act, done silently, involving physical effort, and taking lots of time. #1 #2 Linguistic, psychological, and cognitive problems are involved. #3 Responding to a student's "creativity" can be very difficult.
Are you, as the teacher, addressing errors, content, or both? And how do you address these issues without overwhelming yourself
and the student? #4 Textbooks don't necessarily help teachers develop creative writing. How Can Creative Writing Work
in the High School classroom? Nothing
Fear
Corruption
Darkness Starting-Up: Do activities that will help generate ideas (either individually or in groups). This is a non-threatening way of having less confident students think about a topic without committing to something on paper right away.
Writing: Most of this will have to done outside of class with the exception of collaborative writing activities.
Presenting & Feedback: It's important for students to get feedback to be incorporated in re-writes. They need to have discussions with the teacher as well
as their peers. Ideas for Fiction Writing Ping-Pong Poetry PowerPoint Poetry Start Up Activities Single Sentence Shuffle
Alternate Ending
Bad News
Puzzle Plot Ideas for Poetry Almost any "abstract" concept. We need to understand writing as a multi-model process. Creativity and technology can converge to change the face of classroom learning and interaction around text production.

Writing is more than
just writing!! Multiliteracies elements of design
visual
spacial
gestural
audio We need to be aware of changing Pedagogies, changing writing practices, and new learning (Interactive Creative Technologies).

Incorporate reading and writing in digital texts. Students' writing is actually hinged on interpersonal interactions with their peers. Technology and
Creative Writing 1) Composition Remix

2) Mindset Remix

3) Participation Remix 1) Interactivity

2) Creativity

3) Technology Technoliterate We need to change the way we think about the process of writing and what it means to actually "write creatively". Mixing It Up 1) Composition Remix- refers to the blending of visual, linguistic, and auditory composition elements (PowerPoint)

2) Mindset Remix- refers to the ways the teachers and students create a collage of insider and outsider mindsets

3) Participation Remix- refers to the distribution of knowledge, expertise, and agency
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