Writing Goals and Reading like a Writer

Daily Prompt #7: Inspiration

Write about what inspires you. Be as specific as you can, writing in either list or paragraph form.

Take five minutes.

Before we start talking about writing goals, let’s talk about what you’re already good at as a writer. In your notebook, write down 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).

 

 

 

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“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.” I’ll be posting a couple a week in the classroom so you can inspire your peers to read your favorite books.

Because being an avid reader is so important to being a great writer, I encourage all of you to sign up for Good Reads so we can share our love of reading with one another and get inspired!  To sign up, click here.  Next, search for our group, “Creative Writing with Keskes” and request to join. I’ll approve you and then we can discuss our love of books online!

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

 

First Day: Welcome!

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 Thursday and signed parent/student contracts are due Friday.

Here’s to a great semester of writing!

 

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).

 

 

 

“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.

 

Writing Goals and Reading like a Writer

Daily Prompt #5: 

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?

Tomorrow, you will be sharing your writing goals with the class. Come prepared by writing them down.

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.