Writing and Reading Workshop

Daily Prompt

WN #51: If you had to pick the top five funniest moments of your life, what would they be?

Start by making a longer list, then star you five favorite.  It might help to ask a neighbor what they think.  Feel free to run with one of these moments and write a little piece about it!

Write for at least ten minutes.

Use today to work on one or more of the following:

*Creative Writing Club
*Reading
*Discussing Books
*Adding to list of “Must Reads” for summer
*Individual Writing Projects
*Peer Feedback

Writing and Reading Workshop

Daily Prompt

WN #50: What are your earliest childhood memories?

Write for at least ten minutes. As you think of more memories, be sure to write them down, even if it’s just a quick note.  These can be great writing starters later.

Use today to work on one or more of the following:
*Creative Writing Club
*Reading
*Discussing Books
*Adding to list of “Must Reads” for summer
*Individual Writing Projects
*Peer Feedback

Creative Writing Resources

Daily Prompt

WN #48: Story Starter

Begin writing a story with this given first line, “I woke up, only to discover I had transformed into a bug!”

Write for ten minutes.  Share at your tables when you’re done.

Hi folks!  Including today, we only have ten more days of Creative Writing!

One of my goals these last few days is to create some resources for writing. My plan is to add these resources to our class website for aspiring writers to use such as yourselves.

Today, you’ll start developing some of these resources.  Here’s what to do:

1) Writer’s Block Cures: come up with as many activities and/or prompts you can think of to cure Writer’s Block and write them down.  Work alone, with a partner, or in small groups.

2) Playing with Words: alone, with a partner, or in a group, develop one or more ideas for a writing game that could help budding writers fine-tune their skills.  Be as creative as you can!

3) Finally, I’d like you to brainstorm at your tables what a Creative Writing Club might look like and jot down your ideas.

Please turn in all of your ideas to the sub for safe-keeping.

We will share on Monday. Have a great weekend!

 

 

Our online literary journal: read it!

Hi folks!

Make sure you’ve completed the following:

  • Submission to Et Cetera (our online literary journal)
  • 12 posts on your blog (or more)
  • Submission to contest or other outlet for sharing your work

Today is designed for you to read our literary journal.  Take the time to read and comment on some of your peers’ work.  You aren’t limited to reading and commenting on the post they shared.  Feel free to look at other works on a peer’s blog as well.

Your assignment: make a list of 5 (or more) favorite pieces of writing that are NOT your own.  They should be works of your peers.

We will be sharing these favorites in class tomorrow to celebrate our seniors’ last day.

Feel free to bring in food and treats!

Writing in different forms (with your peers)

Daily Prompt

WN #46: Inspired by Quotes

quote

Inspired by this quote image, beginning writing a fictional story.  Write for ten minutes. Please note you will be sharing this with your peers.

We’re going to play with form again, but this time, we’re going to swap notebooks so you can capture the writing voices of your peers in your notebooks.

Start by swapping notebooks with someone at a different table.

 

Read your peer’s daily response prompt.  Continue where they left off in play form.

Write for eight minutes.

 

Trade notebooks with someone at a different table.  Read the entire daily prompt.

Continue where they left off in poetic form (any style you like).

Write for eight minutes.

 

Trade notebooks with someone at a different table.  Read the entire daily prompt.

Continue where they left off in screenplay form.

Write for eight minutes.

 

Return the notebook to its original owner.

 

Read your entire daily prompt.  You should now have:

*your original short story
*a peer’s play script
*a peer’s poetry
* a peer’s screenplay

What do you notice about your peers’ style and voice?  Can you define it in a word or phrase?  How do their writing voices compare to your own?

Remember, tomorrow is a day to work on your to-do list which needs to be complete by next Tuesday, May 19th.  Happy Writing!

Writing in different forms

Daily Prompt

WN #45: Writing from an Image

Inspired by this image, write for five minutes.


Cyril-Rana!! / Source / CC BY

Today, we’re going to experiment with different forms of writing, paying particular attention to how the form affects the meaning of your work.

You’ve had a chance to brainstorm with the image above.  If you like what you have, feel free to continue working with it.  If not, continue with something entirely new.

Begin writing it in play format.

Write for eight minutes.

 

Continue writing, but now in the form of a short story.

Write for eight minutes.

 

Continue writing, but now in the form of a poem (any form you like).

Write for eight minutes.

 

Continue writing, but now in the form of a screenplay.

Write for eight minutes.

 

Re-read your writing from today.

What form seems to work best for this particular idea, and why?

Always consider form whenever you get an idea for writing.  It can take you all new directions.