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Creative Writing

For my Creative Writing program at ECLYPSE Youth Centre. Day 1. (August 2013)
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Catia Aguiar

on 4 September 2013

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Creative Writing
@ ECLYPSECB
But I
can't write...
Why do people write?
to express themselves
to explain something
to make a point
to tell a story
to report what happened
to communicate
to make someone else think about a problem or mystery
to make someone else scared
to invent a world and characters to go in it
to imagine what they would do in a situation
to share information with others
People write for many reasons. Here are just a few:
Reduces stress
Keeps you organized
Improves writing skills
Safe way to express yourself
Improves memory
Brings your grades up
Improves mood
Lowers blood pressure
Reduces depression
Benefits of Writing
Don't
worry!
Anyone can become a writer!
Practice makes perfect
Read...A LOT
Stay positive
Fix any mistakes AFTER
Have someone read your work
Carry a notebook or paper
Have fun!

ACTIVITY #1
For the next 5 minutes you are going to write without stopping! DO NOT STOP until I say so!
Famous Writers
Celebrity
Writers

J.K. Rowling
Christopher Paolini
Stephanie Meyer
Kelley Armstrong
J.R.R. Tolkien
Suzanne Collins
Rick Riordan
Hilary Duff
Chris Colfer
Jada Pinkett Smith
James Franco
Lauren Conrad
John Barrowman
ACTIVITY #2
Grab some paper and ask me for a number between 1-15. Write as much as you can about the topic I give you using a genre(s) and style of your choice.
Literary Genres
Fiction vs.
Nonfiction
Horror
Fantasy
Fairy Tale
Comedy/Satire
Mystery
Fiction/Non-Fiction
Science fiction
Historical fiction
Romance
Poetry
Biography
Adventure
Fiction is a story that is created from your imagination. (Harry Potter, Hunger Games etc.)
Nonfiction is a true story about real people and real events. (Anne Frank)
Styles of Writing
Fiction

Complex – Longer sentences & thorough as possible
Objective – State main points confidently and limited range of emotions
Full Words – No contractions or abbreviations
Third Person – Formal writing is not a personal writing style and doesn't use the first or second person point of view
Formal Writing Style

Colloquial – Spoken conversation (may include slang, very personal)
First (I/we) second (you/your) or third (he/she/it) person point of view
Simple – short sentences/ incomplete sentences or ellipsis (…) to make points
Contractions and Abbreviations – (I’m, doesn’t, couldn’t, it’s, TV etc.)
Empathy and Emotion
Informal Writing
Non-fiction
Types of Writers
Poet
Novelist
Lyricist
Playwright
Screenwriter
Speechwriter
Biographer
Critic
Editor
Historian
Researcher/ Scholar
Translator
Blogger
Columnist
Diarist
Journalist
Memoirist
Ghostwriter
Letter writer
Report writer
Activity #3
Imagine a busy supermarket...
What can you see?
What can you hear?
How do you feel?
What are you buying? Why?

You see a person who makes you suspicious...
What does this person look like?
What are they doing that is suspicious?

They take some items from a shelf and hide them in their coat...
What are the items?
How do they take them?
How do you feel?
What do you do now?
How do you feel at the end?
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