Creative Writing Introduction
This Creative Writing Introduction is designed to help you in the first few weeks of your Creative Writing class. The assignments and activities below should give your students a basic foundation of writing skills, the writing process, and the different elements of creative writing.
Although you don't want to hinder your students' creativity with too much emphasis on grammar, spelling, and sentence structure, it does deserve some consideration. Encourage students to write freely and openly, only editing and proofreading much later in the writing process. This enables them to break free from the constraints that often inhibit complete creativity.
This PowerPoint presentation gives students a good background on the important elements of good writing. Excellent for an introduction.
A useful tool in a creative writing introduction. It helps new writers organize their thoughts and plan out their stories.
Being able to objectively edit your own work is paramount to effective writing. This handout allows students to get in the habit of doing just that.
Another extremely beneficial activity for students is peer editing. By editing and proofreading each other's work, students become experienced in spotting problems much quicker.
This is a simple handout of six traits that make writers shine above the rest. Pass it out to your students and make sure you go over it and ask students to keep the hand out in their binders at all times.
This PowerPoint covers the important process of writing, not only creatively, but academically. It will prove useful in your students' other classes as well.
This activity has always proven to be quite successful in all my classes. It is a good first assignment to introduce your students to the fun of writing.
In this activity, students are paired up and instructed to conduct interviews on each other. Afterwards, they will write a biography on their partner.
What would a Creative Writing class be without reading the work of famous writers and authors? Students should continually read others' work to become better writers and get inspiration.
The only time I give students a study guide and test in Creative Writing is during the Introduction. It's important for students to study and know what has been covered in this section.
A short test that makes sure your students understand fundamental basics about writing, not only creatively, but academically.