The biggest mistake parents make is to praise in general terms. Let me tell you what will happen: they will addicted to the praise and seek that rather than the reward of creative work. So find some living breathing writers! Someone you know must write for magazines or newspapers or be a fiction writer or write a regular blog. Have your child draw up a list of questions and interview this writer. It will thrill them. I mean have them read multiple books a day.
When I was nine or ten, I remember going to the library with my mother, checking out eighteen books that was the limit , and reading eleven books that day. I read eleven books in a day. Eleven is still my record.
Now true, they were small books. The point is that I read until my eyes went blurry. I only took breaks to go to the bathroom and to eat. I was a maniac. I probably spent ten hours reading that day. You become a writer by reading. Writing always happens after the reading.
One last very very very important tip: The only way to have them become a reader is to limit screen time. If you have the television on, if they are on their phone or playing videos games, they will never become a reader. Have strict limits on screen time, and they will explore reading and love it.
He was an elementary school teacher, and for one of his activities, he had the entire class write fiction stories. Then he self-published them all in a hardback book. I still have that book. My story is about flying a bi-plane into space with my best friend to stop a laser from shooting and destroying earth. Ask your kids teacher whether a day can be designated when students can read their stories out loud in front of their class. Then suggest taking those stories and compiling them in a book.
Self-publishing is very easy these days. When I ring a bell, I ask then to pass their story to another student and add to the story. We continue this rotation until everyone has written on each story.
Day 2: Dabbling with description and setting One the second day of class, I bring some magazine pictures and some photographs and ask the students to select one or more of the pictures.
Some students bring in their own pictures from home. I discuss literary devices such as simile, metaphor, personification, and alliteration. Near the end of class, students volunteer to read their story. Day 3: Voicing your point of view On Day 3, we discuss point of view such as objective, first person, third person, and omniscient.
We then do an activity; students write a short story or re-write a familiar story from a different point of view, such as write from the view of your dog or a fly on the wall or a button on your shirt.
We discuss the effective use of dialogue and quotations. Day 4: Story-telling with a twist On the fourth day, we focus on plot.
Students create a story around an unusual scenario, problem or character such as a dentist with no teeth or coming to a party in costume when it turns out it is not a costume party. I am always impressed with the clever storylines that even the youngest students create. Day 5: Experimenting with genres This session encourages students to get out of their comfort zone and try writing in a different style such as adventure, mystery, humor, suspense, or science fiction.
If they are at a loss for ideas, I encourage them to write something from their own life in one of the genres. The session is especially fun for all ages as the students lack the inhibitions of adults and bravely experiment with something new. Day 6: Exploring creative non-fiction On Day 6 session we learn about creative non-fiction. Students are asked to writing something about their lives and stretch the truth and fictionalize it to make it more interesting, such as the first day of school, getting lost at the mall, or a family vacation.
The wild imaginations of children should not be underrated! Day 7: Discovering the world of publishing Publishing seems like such a remote idea, but some of the students will undoubtedly write for publication sometime during their lifetimes, either professionally or as a hobby. Magazines and online publications are always looking for good freelance writers on everything from model railroads to scrapbooking. We discuss query letters, agents, small and large publishers and other topics of interest to aspiring writers.
We look at some websites for writers, and specifically for kids who want to publish. We also discuss how to write for contests. Day 8: Sharing your masterpiece In our final session we invite parents and guests and we read our works and sum up the past two weeks. I enjoy the feedback I receive from students and the parents, and it is generally positive. That several students have returned to the class the next summer is a testimonial. Conclusion To have fun, meet new friends, and experiment with writing are the goals for my summer Creative Writing for Children class.
The class has gained an excellent reputation in the community; the class has ample enrollment each summer for aspiring young writers in third through ninth grades. In only eight short sessions the improvement in writing is notable. You, too, can design and teach a class to teach children to write creatively. Get your creative juices flowing and put together a class that meets the needs of children in your own community.
Their peers can tell them what they think of the story, can praise them for how good of a storyteller they are. Back then I periodically wrote letters to the editor for the local newspaper; many years later, I am still writing editorials. I probably spent ten hours reading that day. The stores are themed wildly, with pirate or astronaut gear, and they have regular creative writing lessons taught for accomplished writers I know a lot of creative writing graduate students getting their MFAs and Ph.
Please try again. The point is that I read until my eyes went blurry. Near the end of class, students volunteer to read their story. The class has gained an excellent reputation in the community; the class has ample enrollment each summer for aspiring young writers in third through ninth grades.
On the first day of class I give the students all the printed materials for the class. Day 8: Sharing your masterpiece In our final session we invite parents and guests and we read our works and sum up the past two weeks.
Additionally, I have an accounting degree and love the world of business and have taught entrepreneuring classes to both adults and children. Check out Local Writing Workshops Many cities have creative writing seminars for children. But how you praise their work makes all the difference. Day 8: Sharing your masterpiece In our final session we invite parents and guests and we read our works and sum up the past two weeks.