Creative writing exercises for year 2

I don't use journals often because in my opinion to be done correctly, students need feedback regularly and journals can simply 'pile up' without the attention that I feel they require. The paragraph should make "sense" as a complete paragraph and not be just a series of sentences. What does the cat do? Blazing Pencils New, Revised edtion: This exercise is a way to try and get a large project like a novel or memoir into a single thing in your own mind— Not an easy goal for something that you write over months and years and hundreds of pages.

A church or town hall when no meetings are going on would be good, or perhaps the lobby of an office building or a bus or train station on the week-end.

A few of his situations were: What was I missing? However-- have something else going on at the same time. Taking a cue from these themes of cowboy verse, write a poem that celebrates the simple pleasures of a work day, focusing on something mundane that brings joy, perhaps finding a way to incorporate the natural environment.

I am too short to see the top of the table. The assignment was done when I had the option to have an evening class, pm.

Was it christened by long-ago settlers or spread slowly by local gossipers or journalists? Pick out one who catches your attention, and write about who you imagine that person is— where do they live? Labor Day, a holiday honoring the American labor and trade union movements celebrated on the first Monday in September, is the marker of the unofficial end of summer.

Exercise 8 Take these lines from a well-known novel and continue them however you want: Think of an important event in your life or in a project you are writing. I once overheard a man talking passionately with what seemed to be his girl friend - and then calling his wife to tell her what time he'd be home!

You might decide to research more into its history, or simply let your imagination lead the way. All the assignments except the first one using Haiku's are presented orally by the students before they turn them in.

What are they saying to passers-by? When time permitted, I used supplemental writings although I have found that giving students samples of professional writers work was not as effective as students doing more of their own writing with constant feedback from other students.

This week, write a poem about your summer that incorporates some of these hit song elements. Instead of silently raging, find a way to describe these emotions that allows your character to engage fully and vocally in the moment. Stewart's haikus contain the other more important elements of haikus and I use them in class to illustrate these elements and use a few more conventional haikus to teach the haiku format of three lines of 5, 7, 5, syllables.

This unit causes young people who are sometimes inward focused to see others' viewpoints. Repeat until one inspires you. Sell the pet Write an advert selling a boa constrictor as a family pet. Draft a dialogue with food in it. If you are having trouble with a writing project, try making up a dream in which your project is a building or a room in a building. The teacher reads these paragraphs without giving the writers' names since the students don't have time to polish them, and most will not be close to their best writing.

Out of the Mountains: Exercise 12 One important part of fiction is the small physical gesture that can show so much about a character as well as make the scene jell in a reader's visual imagination.

Students are given a list of situations for which they write one or two sentence responses. Works which fall into this category include most novels and epics, as well as many short stories and poems. In an interview with Louisiana Channel, Zadie Smith talks about her interest in the way many young authors portray emotional distress or anger in their novels. Journal of Writing and Environment, Fire and Rain: Teaching Creative Writing Page. Notice shape, skin texture, any jewelry or disfiguration.

About Contact What's New? Teachers, write to me for this article if you want a photocopy of the original article. It could be used at any time. The students love this unit and you may be surprised at the sophistication of their stylistically 'bad' sentences. Can you remember the last time you handwrote a lengthy text? What is creative writing to me? My body is like A field wasted by winter. Exercise 22 Take a notebook and visit a place in your community at a time when it is not too busy.

You can preview and edit on the next page. You can preview and edit on the next page. I have also started a new series of writing prompts related to the months of the year.

What is she thinking? Next, we discuss the 'distinct emotion,' and then the 'insight. When the instructor says, 'Begin' they begin writing a story starting with the phrase "It was a dark and stormy night. He has a cat on his lap, and he orders a cup of coffee, slowly spoons sugar into it. Creative writing is writing from the heart. Write a personal essay about how your own handwriting has changed from childhood, through adolescence and adulthood. A Long, Long Road. That is, if you are an agnostic, write a monologue for a person who believes literally in the holy book of her or his religion.

Then let them into the room with the boxes. She also has a MS in Educational Technology.