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Young Writers Workshop

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Transcript of Young Writers Workshop

Greeting
On your name tent, write your first name.

On the other side, write something that inspires you (suggestion: hobbies, personality traits).
"This is Just to Say"
Poems
This Is Just To Say
BY WILLIAM CARLOS WILLIAMS

I have eaten
the plums
that were in
the icebox

and which
you were probably
saving
for breakfast

Forgive me
they were delicious
so sweet
and so cold
"This is Just To Say" Poem
"This is Just To Say" Poem
Thank you!
Schedule:
Welcome/Greeting (5 min.)
"This is Just to Say" Poetry (15-20 min.)
Brain Break (10 min.)
Water/Stretch (5 min.)
"First and Last Lines" Activity (30 min.)
Sharing Circle (20 min.)

Brain Break
Directions
Your group will need to form a story
Build one sentence upon the next
Small groups first, and then the large group challenge!


Far Hills Country Day School
Young Writers Workshop

January 30, 2016
"This is Just To Say" Poem
Example 3
First Lines
1. "Once upon a time..."
3. "When Mrs. Frederick C. Little's second son arrived, everybody noticed that he was not much bigger than a mouse."
2. "It certainly seemed like it was going to be another normal evening at Amelia Bedelia's house."
What the purpose of a first sentence?
What techniques do good writers use?
Why do you think a writer would make that choice?
How important is a first line to you as a reader?

What is the point of a last line?
What are some of the things writer do in last lines?

You will be able to select a first line from a
famous story. Your job will be to continue
the story and write a powerful final line.
Sharing
*First, introduce yourself and state the assignment you will be sharing.

*If you have a working title, please share the title of your piece.

*When you are sharing remember to speak loudly and clearly.
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