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  2. I'm looking for a creative writing class for ds 14. Definitely, not my strength so I'm hoping to outsource this. I've looked at Bravewriter and they seem to have some short course offerings. Has anyone used Bravewriter or another online course for creative writing?
  3. Anyone planning on participating in, or having their kids participate in, National Novel Writing Month for November?? My DS is in Kindy, so this will be his first time participating. We obviously won't be aiming for anything near 1,000 words, but it will hopefully be a great experience! It would be fun to share experiences, progress, & (eventually) stories!
  4. So . . . just dipping a toe in over here for the first time. Dd is a rising 9th grader, and just now, out of the blue-ish, mid-vacation, she's started asking a bunch of questions about college. And colleges. We've spent a lot of today researching great creative writing programs. So I thought I'd ask a couple of questions: 1) Anybody have a kid in a creative writing program/major/specialization? Any recs for great schools for this? 2) Anybody familiar with any of the following schools, particularly their CW programs, English departments, how homeschool friendly they are, or anything else? University of WA University of Iowa Vanderbilt Cornell Emerson Wesleyan Hamilton Emory
  5. I'm looking for suggestiong for a curriculum to use to teach a creative writing class at our co-op. I'm finding lots of great writing programs, but finding one specifically for creative writing gets a bit slimmer.
  6. Do you do anything different for writing instruction? I mean, I think every human being who is physically and mentally able must learn to do expository writing. Learning to write essays and other types of persuasive and expository compositions is non negotiable. Creative writing is. But, if you have a kid who really thinks they want to be a writer, who spends a lot of free time reading and writing (their own creative projects) and bemoans that they don't have enough free time to write more, would you consider 1) formal instruction or classes in creative writing, and/or 2) making more time in their schedule (during school hours) for them to work on their writing projects? I do keep my dd's schedule pretty full, and I feel her pain. If she wants more time to write, I think that's an excellent thing, and I'd like to accommodate her desires. But what do I cut? Can I reduce the pace/amount of literature studies and expository writing and fit this into the "English credit"? Do I do the minimum for other subjects so she has more free time to pursue writing as an elective? Also, any favorite creative writing resources, online classes, etc.? I downloaded the NaNoWriMo workbook and I'm going to show it to her, I think she might enjoy doing that. It looks like Bravewriter has a Powerful Fiction Techniques class in the fall, and they have Passion for Fiction listed too.Anybody have any experience with those? My dd is a 12 year old (13 in November) rising 8th grader, btw.
  7. I'm needing suggestions please for a creative writing curriculum for 9th grade. Is there anything out there possibly aimed toward short story of novel writing?
  8. I just discovered this real gem which looks like it would be very appealing and relevant to high school creative writing students. It is not a curriculum per se, but a "discussion between" teacher and student. One chapter is the teacher explaining an element of fiction and the next chapter shows how it is incorporated into a short story or chapter. It seems to go beyond the typical creative writing tips to include serious and thoughtful writing instruction that responds to typical struggles of the developing writers and goes far beyond just getting words on the page. From Fact to Fiction by Edmund Ware and Robeson Bailey https://archive.org/stream/fromfacttofictio00smit#page/n5/mode/2up There is one of those scanned reprints of this book available on Amazon as well. http://www.amazon.com/Fact-Fiction-Classic-Reprint/dp/B0093OUGU8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1418310785&sr=8-1&keywords=edmund+ware+from+fact+to+fiction&pebp=1418310788370
  9. My son loves to write creatively, but I have a heck of a time getting him to write anything else. (He actually writes stories for fun, but it's pulling teeth getting him to do homework.) We were given a copy of The Creative Writer, and I was thinking of using it for elective credit for him, but not sure where. Can it be considered a Fine Arts credit? Any other programs out there for creative writing that will satisfy that passion for him? I really like that the CW is broken down weekly. Something with a schedule is a must.
  10. I vaguely recall, perhaps from a few years ago, that there was an online writer's (and as I recall free) website, a virtual village, set up to look like virtual buildings that one could "go to" for various things--poetry ideas perhaps in one spot, or discussion in another, and that also sent a daily or weekly, perhaps writing prompt. It was not meant for children, but in my recollection or dream, would be suitable for children. Does this sound familiar to anyone?
  11. I googled creative writing and the search came up with Peacehill Press' The Creative Writer, which is for a logic stage student. Argh, I know there are threads like this for the younger kids but I never opened one up and now nothing is showing up for me. DD seems to have suddenly developed a bent for writing stories. It's been difficult getting her to write prior to this week. She is now completely absorbed in writing a princess-meets-an-Orc story. I want to teach her, but I want to give her space. I already own SWI (which is how this tangent began), WWE3, and Killgallon (which I will use to introduce different sentence patterns), but I don't own Writer's Jungle. I need detailed instructions for creative writing but I also want to be inspired to do this, if this makes sense. I tend to drop writing in favor of math and foreign languages. Is Writer's Jungle what I need? What else do I need to teach her the mechanics of creative writing?
  12. While working our way through K12 Literature and MCT Music of the Hemispheres my dd9 has discovered a love of creative writing. She gets much more excited about doing those writing assignments than anything from IEW or WWE. For example she was supposed to write one paragraph retelling a story from a different character's perspective in K12 Lit, but she wrote an entire page front and back with no complaints. I would really like to focus more on creative writing next year (since this is obviously a passion for her) while still keeping up our narration/dictation skills. So far, I've looked at these programs: Write On Writing Magic The Creative Writer Which of these do you think would work best for an upcoming 4th grader (she is old for her grade....November b-day)? Any other suggestions?
  13. My current 10th gr dd is interested in taking a Creative Writing course, possibly starting over the summer. (Just a .5 credit course.) I'm hoping to find a course that is affordable, comprehensive and can be completed independently. ;) Thanks so much!
  14. Hello all, Peace Hill Press is proud to announce that "The Creative Writer, Level Two: Essential Ingredients" is now available for purchase on our website. Paperback version here PDF download here This is a middle-grades elective course, sharpening vital skills for crafting fiction and poetry--a gentle, imaginative introduction to the skills all creative writers need. Gives guidance for both teacher and student, building skills in writing poetry and fiction. The Creative Writer, Level Two guides you through an innovative, compelling series of exercises, each one designed to build your skill in the essential ingredients of fiction and poetry. Then, author Boris Fishman sets you free to create your own recipe for gripping fiction and spellbinding poetry. Use as a follow-up to The Creative Writer, Level One: Five Finger Exercises. Or begin with the second volume as a more advanced introduction to imaginative writing. Each volume contains directions and instructions for the developing writer, as well as detailed guidance for the mentor or teacher. See the introduction and Table of Contents here
  15. Curious if anyone has used material from 826 National with their, or others', kids for writing? Their latest book is, I think, Don't Forget to Write.
  16. I've been teaching essay writing, literary analysis, and lit courses in our high school co-op, but even though I have two degrees in CW, I'm scratching my head over how to teach it ; ) A number of students have expressed interest in a CW fiction course, but for the life of me, I can't recall how it was taught when I did my degrees (lo, these many moons ago). I did post about this a while back on this board and received a PM from Laughing Lioness who said she had taught fiction writing and would send me her syllabus, but although I've PM's her several times since then, have not heard back (and haven't seen her on the board for some time either--anyone know what's up?) What I'm looking for are suggestions of what you would expect to see taught in a fiction (short story) writing course--eg, exercises on characterization, dialogue etc. We have only 12 weeks for a semester, so I was thinking that I would have the students work towards writing and polishing one short story in addition to the shorter exercises--or should ot be two stories? Thanks for any input.
  17. I have an 8 year old son who is a rabid creative writer. He has always loved to read, but this year his interest in writing stories has taken off. He has tens of thousands of words already written and more on the way. I am a writer, but primarily non-fiction. I don't exactly know how to encourage him in this area. I don't want to kill his joy in writing, but certainly he could improve in some areas. Should I just let him enjoy the writing and not try to instruct him in this area? Also, his writing contains so much...action/adventure/fights/blood/even death. Nothing is overly gory, but I wonder if I should be asking him to temper all those battles and such??? Or is this all just normal fare for boys?? Would love any input and advice on how to help and encourage him! Thanks in advance!
  18. I have an 8 year old son who recently has become motivated to do his own creative writing, separate from school. (As we use Writing With Ease, I haven't intentionally encouraged any creative writing for him this year, so this has been on his own initiative.) My issue is that I don't know how to evaluate the writing he's done. Ironically, I myself am a writer so that is what is making it even more challenging to evaluate (although I am a non-fiction writer up to this point, not a fiction writer.) His writing is very boy-ish: lots of action, battles, sword fighting, etc. Not much character development! He's just making the plot up as he goes along, but he already has written about 7,000 words so far. I should have signed him up for NaNoWriMo this year but didn't realize he was going to get so excited about writing! Anyway, I have no idea what is appropriate to "teach" at this age, and what I should be expecting him to be able to do. I want to keep encouraging him and not be a downer, but I also want him to improve in this area if he has some aptitude in it. Any suggestions from the Hive? I'd love some pointers or suggestions! Thanks much!
  19. I listened to the elementary talks, and I want to chew on something that I think I heard correctly. I believe I heard SWB say that every child needs to learn expository writing but they do not need to complete creative writing assignments. She said that if your dc wants to write creatively they would do it and you can take it from there. She also said that if your dc don't want to write creatively that you shouldn't make them. Did anyone else hear the same thing or is my interpretation off? In my poll of two - dh & me - neither of us has needed to write creatively since high school. Our careers - attorney and accountant - don't lend themselves to creative writing. :D So....what gaping holes do you think will my dc have if they aren't required to complete creative writing assignments? What's your take on SWB's comments? I'm looking forward to everyone's thoughts!
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