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Welcome to Creative Writing. This semester you will use your imagination, combined with your life experiences to produce various pieces of writing, creating your own folio. These various pieces will include; a short story, a storybird, a poem or song (to be presented as poetry slam), and a piece of your choice. You will use different sources (tumblr, pinterest, famous quotes, etc) to help create these pieces, and will share some of them on your class blog. You will also become familiar with reading others writing, and will spend time on sites such as teenink.com. I look forward to reading the wonders that escape from your minds.
What is creative writing?
Creative writing is writing that expresses the writer’s thoughts and feelings in an imaginative, often unique, and poetic way.
(Sil.org – What is Creative Writing?)
Writing is a form of personal freedom. It frees us from the mass identity we see all around us. In the end, writers will write not to be outlaw heroes of some underculture but mainly to save themselves, to survive as individuals.
My experience with creative writing
I have been writing creatively since I was about 12. I have written many short stories, poems, and have countless diaries from my teenage years still at home. I started a professional writing degree after highschool but decided to venture into teaching instead. I still write to this day, and try to keep up with my own blog as much as possible. I love reading. My favourite novels are The Little Prince, and Extremely Loud and Incredibly. I believe the best writing comes from the darkest crevices of your mind, and the greatest authors have not been afraid to go there to find it.
Tell me about yourself
This semester you will write all your drafts in your journals (your workbook). This is your own journal, and I want you to decorate it however you like.
Firstly in your journal I want you to open to the first page and tell me the following about yourself.
1. The creative writing in the past that I have done is....
2. I am in this subject because...
3. My favourite genre to read/write/watch is...
4. In creative writing this semester I hope to...
5. My favourite book is...
Your portfolio will be written over the whole semester. Firstly you will do a short story. You will work on this progressively, creating a character and setting that you get to know like a BFF. You will end up with your own short story that gets published on our class blog. We will then work on poetry/song writing. You will learn about different poets, lyricists, and different styles of writing to create your own piece. Next term you will start to use your knowledge of short stories and poetry to create your own storybird where you will draw your own ideas from artwork. Then, it's your choice. You pick your own format, own genre, and own way of presenting it.
I will introduce you soon to the class blog. I know it can be scary sharing your ideas with other people, but this is how the best ideas are made. Don't believe me? Watch the following video.