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A fresh approach to structure in creative writing.
The Art of Creative Writing
Meaningful writing is not a formula. It cannot be created using a graphic organizer. It cannot be nurtured through “COPS” editing. It can only be encouraged by a teacher who believes that writing is more than description and plot.
An author’s voice is a hotline the soul” Barry Lane Voice is not taught, it’s nurtured, supported, given opportunity to grow.
Short Story Day
• Do not hand out story organizers with places for character, setting, plot events and ending. • You are the leader of Short Story Writing 101: Start with guided imagery of character. It’s a powerful, immediate, and focused way to discover a character and a story.
• Start a story in action. This is the moment when the character experiences the problem and takes action. • Storyboard the beginning scene of the story.
Where is this scene happening? Specific!
What is the main character doing as the scene What happens that SHOWS the begins? problem the M.C. is having? (ACTION)
• Insert visual of storyboard
During this action, what is the M.C. thinking? What does the M.C. DO NOW? or feeling? What is the result of this action? If itÕ s the beginning or middle, things have to get WORSE. If itÕ s the climax, things move toward resolution.
What does the M.C. say?
During this action, how does the m.c. feel?
• Show students how scenes are written using the following elements:
– Thoughtshots: character thoughts and emotion – Dialogue: “Character speaks,” I said. – Snapshots: description of place, person or action (narrative).
Writing a story in scenes
High Point/ Climax How does m.c. solve or not, get what she wants or not? Transitions Middle Scene 2 How does it get worse, again? Where? What happens?
Where? What happens?
End: resolution How does m.c. end up?
Middle Scene 1 How does it get worse? Where? What happens?
Beginning Scene How does it show the problem? Where? What happens?
Wrap it up
• Resource list (selected titles)
– – – – – Fast Fiction, by Roberta Allen Craft Lessons, by Ralph Fletcher Lessons that Change Writers, by Nancie Atwell After the End, by Barry Lane Writing Lessons for the Overhead, by Lois M. Schaeffer.