Creative Writing: Practice

Think of an “idea” for writing. The bigger and broader and the less firsthand experience you have with this idea the better.  For example, write about life, love, death, homelessness, illness or an idea related to the theme “dark twist” in general terms.  Write fast. Ramble. Think, don’t try to see any one thing in particular.  Put lots of your feelings and ideas. Avoid images and specifics. Think out loud on the page. Don’t focus your mind’s eye on anything.

New Workshop: People’s History of the United States

Chris is going to lead a reading/discussion of parts of Howard Zinn’s A People History of the United States. (Amazon, Free Online). This workshop is aimed at upper middle school through high school. This workshop is related to Global Citizenship competencies in Inquiry; History; and Civics, Government, and Society as well as English competencies in Literature; Research; and Speaking and Listening.

If you would like to participate please read the first chapter Columbus, The Indians, and Human Progress by next Wednesday.

English: Composition, Literature and Literacy Competencies



Comprehend, interpret, analyze, and evaluate a wide range and level of complex literary and informational texts.

Read literature with sensitivity and understanding, paying close attention to language, imagery, argument, and idea.

Students should be able to make connections between literature, their lives, and their learning in other contexts.


Produce clear and coherent writing for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences. Writing will include (but not limited to): Personal responses, journal entries, short stories and extended fiction, non-fiction, poetry, plays, essays, literary analysis, dialogues, graphic novel and film.


Conduct short and sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating an understanding of the subject under investigation.  


Initiate and participate effectively in a range of discussions, responding thoughtfully to diverse perspectives and expressing ideas clearly and persuasively.


Present information, findings and supporting evidence conveying a clear and distinct perspective.


Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.

Group B and C Book Options

These are some books that sound interesting and have received good reviews.  We need to decide on the next group book. I welcome any of your suggestions as well.  Once we pick a theme for September (on Thursday) the process of picking the next book may be easier.

Boy, Snow, Bird

Fun Home

All The Light We Cannot See

Why We Can’t Wait

Running With Scissors

The Curious Incident of The Dog in the Night-Time

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie



We Will Start with Creative Writing….

The practice of creative writing helps to train our mind and enrich our soul. By practicing you become more able to concentrate, to sort and understand emotions and information, to read people more clearly, to take a broader view, to make finer distinctions.

“Okay, so why is that?  I thought creative writing was fiction, crazy made up stuff….”

Agree or disagree with me, but I think the practice (and study) of creative writing is:

  • Learning to pay closer attention to the world and human experience;
  • practice rendering, with words, those experiences, in a way that makes them alive in the reader’s mind;
  • using writing and words–both yours and others–to expand and extend who you are and what you can know.

Can you or I become a creative writer? What if I don’t have anything to say? What if I am boring? What if I’m not inspired? What if someone criticizes my work, and I don’t want to write at all?

We are starting with creative writing because for some it is the hardest type of writing; all these questions and concerns are valid. You as a writer are vulnerable, there aren’t rules.  We will learn together – no judgments in this class, only willingness to help one another.

Let’s start with the advice you read yesterday from “famous” writers and go from there.

Wild and Domestic Cats

Image result for tigerChoose a species of cat, big or small, from this collection for further study. Another good website to use:

Be sure to include the following in your presentation:

  1. Species or breed and the scientific name
  2. Size/shape
  3. Conservation status – are they endangered, extinct, vulnerable, doing fine?
  4. Diet – what is their prey? do they have predators?
  5. Habitat – what type of ecosystem do they live in?
  6. Geographic location – on which continent and in which country are they found?
  7. Cool facts

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