Think about the things that are important to you. Perhaps you care about creativity, family relationships, your career, or having a sense of humour. Pick two or three of these values and write a few sentences about why they are important to you.
Poetic forms “A poem is a small (or large) machine made of words.” — William Carlos Williams A poetic form is halfway between a set of constraints and a set of instructions. Some of these constraints/instructions are formal (e.g., rhymes, number of syllables) and some are semantic (e.g., what the poem has to be “about”).
This resource contains a set of activities that use 'Imaginative writing' in various ways as a tool for thinking and learning. Like many of the resources in The Pool, it aims to breach the barriers between subject thinking and educational thinking. The resource is made up of an introduction and two different activities: Activity 1: helps teachers and supporters of learning to explore the way in which their values and experience inform their minute-to-minute pedagogic decisions. Activity 2: involves identifying metaphors for teaching and then exploring them in practical ways.
There are three types of activities, appropriate for English lecturers working in groups or as individuals, in this resource. Their topics are employability, transition from A level, and getting the ‘delicate balance’ right between literature, language and Creative Writing when designing an English programme for today’s students. These activities rely in part on an interview with Professor Marion Wynne-Davies (University of Surrey).
It's funny how there are so many games out there to be found, but when you're in that writer's block mode, you just can't seem to find or think of any of them. Writing games are fun and easy. They immerse you fingers first into writing or typing your ideas away.
by Ali Hale I’ve been thinking recently about the ways in which writing and gaming are mingled online, after a Daily Writing Tips reader wrote in to introduce us to a site which he and his brother have recently launched, called “Vote Pages”. This site aims to make the writing process both collaborative and game-like: A votepage is a piece of creative writing like a screenplay, novel, poem, etc. where one person starts writing and then lets other writers enter submissions to continue the piece. In order to make it interesting and fun, the submissions to continue the Votepage are voted on by other writers.
We're very excited to be announcing our MTotY theme and mentor text titles for the upcoming school year. In September of 2011, we'll be launching our "Year of Idea Development & Voice Skills," and our two chosen texts very much focus on this theme. When idea development skills and voice skills come together, students learn to show their writing. This next year, we want all students to learn better showing skills--for narrative writing, for expository writing, for persuasive writing. We'll be hosting local workshops for Nevada teachers, and we want teachers outside of Nevada to participate with us! If you would like to work on these ideas too, please know that we're going to be publishing ideas all year long at WritingFix, and if you send us inspirations based on our theme of the year, you might earn a copy of the NNWP's newest print guide: The "Show Me Your Story" Guide.
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Back in the early 1990s, David Foster Wallace wrote an essay urging young American novelists to find a way to come to terms with the role of television in contemporary life. He believed they were going about it the wrong way, but at least they were trying, which was more than he could say for the generation of older writers he complained about in the same piece (" E Unibus Pluram: Television and US Fiction "). One of these, an unnamed "gray eminence" who ran a graduate workshop that Wallace attended in the 1980s, scolded his students for including "trendy mass-popular-media" references in their work. Treating of such things, he insisted, would only date their writing, pegging it as belonging to the "frivolous Now" instead of to the proper province of literature, the "Timeless". Twenty years later, in the current frivolous Now, Wallace's essay itself seems a shade dated, and not just because today's novelists confront a very different communications behemoth in the form of the internet.