Creative Writing: Building Stories, Skills, and Pride

Hello, dear readers! Welcome back. Let’s start talking and sharing ideas again. How was your summer? I relaxed more, read more, played the piano more, slept better, and fit in some quality time with my children. I worked just a little bit less, but it’s hard to stop completely. There’s too much I want to…

Creative Writing Task: An Insect’s View

Level: High intermediate – advanced Writing Skills Focus: Describing a place. Task: To write a spatial description from an insect’s point of view.   Step 1:  Discuss the questions: If you had to live one day as an insect, what insect would you be? In what kind of place would it be most interesting? Safest?…

Creative Writing Task: An Unforgettable Weekend Trip

Level: High intermediate – advanced              Writing Skills Focus: Writing a narrative.                                    Task: To write a description of events that occurred during a weekend trip.   Step 1:  Discuss the best and worst places to take a weekend trip. Step 2: Read the model narrative. Discuss what made the trip unforgettable. Last weekend my friend and…

Creative Writing Task: How to Incite a Revolution

Level: Advanced                 Writing Skills Focus: Creating a tone; awareness of audience and purpose                                          Task: To write a short humorous speech inciting a revolution among either a group of animals or inanimate objects.   Step 1:  On the board write Household Appliances. Ask the students to list several examples. Step 2: Ask students to imagine those appliances…

Creative Writing: The Benefits

I had the pleasure of teaching elective courses at a private language school in the U.S. It was a refreshing approach to teaching ESL. One course that soon became my favorite was Creative Writing. The title never attracted the numbers that courses on slang and pop culture did, but students who ventured into my Creative…