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Five ideas for Teaching Creative Writing

Jim Mumford

Teaching children to write creatively can be one of the most valuable parts of the English curriculum. But with so many legal requirements to include in an author’s portfolio, it can be difficult to capture writing that is truly creative and inspires enthusiasm for the arts.

Some of your classes will enjoy creative writing from scratch. For others, it will be a terrifying experience. We’ve put together a collection of simple creative writing teaching ideas to help your students solve writing assignments.

Here are five ideas for teaching creative writing:

Show your class how it’s done:

If you’re focused on teaching your class how to write creatively, the first thing you need to do is show them the process of how to do it. Offer them creative writing sessions so they can build effective stories.

This will help children gain the confidence to write what they like and not be afraid to make mistakes.

Drawing storyboard:

Show them some visuals or pictures to help them think and create a complete story based on the pictures they see. When children use their minds to create stories according to their thought processes, they can build effective plots. Furthermore, when children can freely use their skills and talents to write stories, it will certainly increase their productivity and quality of writing.

Passion for reading books:

“The digital revolution is far more significant than the invention of writing or even of printing,” said Douglas Engelbart, an engineer and inventor, and an early computer and Internet pioneer. 

Regular reading helps children improve their reading and speaking skills, which also increases their vocabulary. Once children know how to pronounce difficult words, they will find it easy to use these words in their writing. Reading books also helps stimulate your imagination and allows you to be more creative and effective in your writing skills.

Rewrite certain stories:

Well, facing struggles when developing new ideas, can happen to anyone. So, it’s better to look for inspiration from various books by legendary authors. Referring to different books by different authors can give you more story-writing ideas. You can focus on the big picture and create your own twist in the story

Give freedom to your students:

There will be many children in your class who thrive if given the freedom to write. Always remember to take the time to give your students the opportunity to write so they can express their favorite topics. If it’s too open for some kids, suggesting a specific topic, for now, can also help.

Felicity Stone Toronto is a South African-born teacher, journalist, and writer. She writes predominantly about medical and human-interest issues. Felicity Stone Toronto has recently completed a non-fiction book – Maggie Mom Me: A South African Memoir – about growing up under apartheid.


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