First Blog Post Due

Hi folks!

Today is a day to work on your blogs as well as read your peers’ blogs and post comments.

Remember that you have to post on your blog at least once a week for credit.

This week’s window to publish was Saturday, Feb. 20th – today (Friday, Feb. 25th). Be sure to publish something by midnight tonight. I’ll be checking blog posts over the weekend.

Keep in mind your weekly posts (unless otherwise specified) can be about anything you want. The point is to get in the habit of posting on your blog so you can get constant feedback on your work. You do not have to include an image for this week’s post.

Have fun and use your time wisely. Once you post something, you should read and comment on your peers’ work. Participation and use of class time is a part of your grade as well. Blogs are a lot more fun when people read and comment on them!

Writing Goals and Reading like a Writer

Daily Prompt #6: Catharsis 

Catharsis – the process of releasing, and thereby providing relief from, strong or repressed emotions.

It’s time to unleash any thoughts you have about the week or upcoming weekend.

Write for 7 minutes about anything you need to get off your chest.  The goal is to write the entire time.

Before we start talking about writing goals, let’s talk about what you’re already good at as a writer. On a post-it note, put your name and 1-3 aspects of writing you feel you have strength in. We’ll brainstorm some ideas now to get you thinking.

Okay, now let’s talk about what want to improve upon: your writing goals for the semester. What are they? Why have them? How can you create useful ones?

Once you come up with them, write down your goals on the inside of your notebook cover, and be prepared to share one.


One of the best ways to get inspired to write is by reading the works of writers. Let’s talk about what it means to read like a writer.

Now, let’s practice this concept by analyzing the first lines of several books.

With the time remaining, write as many “first lines” as you can for potential stories, trying a few difference techniques (for example, describing setting, dialogue, sharing statistics, plot details).




Found Poetry

Daily Prompt #4: Writing from a Word

Write for five minutes (no stopping) about whatever comes to mind after seeing this word.  Don’t over think.  Just write.


What is Found poetry?

Here are some samples:

Sample #1

Sample #2

Sample #3

Even cooler! Here are some samples from students last year:

Midnight Thoughts

From The Mysterious Affair at Styles, by Agatha Christie, pg. 240

Winter’s Hand

As you can see, there are many ways to create Found poetry.


Now for the fun part.  I have a bunch of old magazines and books in the back of the classroom.

Go and make your own Found poetry on your notebook covers (or on the inside cover if you prefer)!  I have contact paper for you to cover your notebooks when you’re done if you’d like.

Consider taking a picture of your poetry.  You might want to post it on the blog you’ll be creating in the next couple of weeks!

“You MUST read this book!”

Good morning class!

To get you brainstorming about books that have affected you, start filling out the handout, “If I Were a Bookshelf.” Don’t worry about getting overly detailed. It’s just meant to get you thinking.

Now that you’ve had some time to brainstorm, on a post-it note, write down the number one book you feel everyone simply MUST read. Write down the title, author, and one sentence explaining why. We’ll be posting these in the room to give others reading ideas.

We are also going to create a contract for the class.  We will all be signing it tomorrow.


Welcome to Creative Writing!

Welcome to our class blog, students!

While I take attendance, please respond to the following on a post-it note:

Why I Write

It’s optional whether you put your name on it, but you will be sharing it with the class.

In case you ever need to access it quickly, here is our syllabus.

Here is a copy of my parent letter as well.

Today, we are discussing why we write, an important question to ask yourself. You may be surprised that your reasons will change from time to time.

Remember, everyone needs a writer’s notebook by Wednesday and signed parent/student contracts are due Friday.

Here’s to a great semester of writing!