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  • 2. WHAT IS CREATIVE WRITING? • “the art of making things up” • A vital part of modern society • Traditionally termed as literature • Original and self- expressive.
  • 3. PURPOSE OF CREATIVE WRITING • To entertain • To share human experience
  • 4. TYPES OF CREATIVE WRITING Poetry Plays Movie and television scripts Fictions (novels, novellas, and short stories) Songs Speeches Memoirs Personal Essays
  • 6. Technical Writing Creative Writing Facts are obliged to inform readers. Most of the part is self-created Specific audience General audience Causes boredom Entertains people Specialized vocabulary May use slang or evocative phrases Structured Humor and satire
  • 7. FORMS OF WRITING: EXPOSITORY 1. Expository • Expository writing's main purpose is to explain. • It is a subject-oriented writing style, in which authors focus on telling you about a given topic or subject without voicing their personal opinions. • These types of essays or articles furnish you with relevant facts and figures but do not include their opinions. • This is one of the most common types of writing.
  • 8. FORMS OF WRITING: EXPOSITORY Key Points: • Usually explains something in a process. • Is often equipped with facts and figures. • Is usually in a logical order and sequence.
  • 9. FORMS OF WRITING: EXPOSITORY When You Would Use Expository Writing: • Textbook writing. • How-to articles. • Recipes. • News stories (not including opinion or editorial pieces). • Business, technical, or scientific writing.
  • 10. FORMS OF WRITING: DESCRIPTIVE 2. Descriptive • Descriptive writing's main purpose is to describe • It is a style of writing that focuses on describing a character, an event, or a place in great detail. • It can be poetic when the author takes the time to be very specific in his or her descriptions.
  • 11. FORMS OF WRITING: DESCRIPTIVE Key Points: • It is often poetic in nature • It describes places, people, events, situations, or locations in a highly-detailed manner. • The author visualizes what he or she sees, hears, tastes, smells, and feels.
  • 12. FORMS OF WRITING: DESCRIPTIVE When You Would Use Descriptive Writing: • Poetry • Journal or diary writing • Nature writing • Descriptive passages in fiction
  • 13. FORMS OF WRITING: PERSUASIVE 3. Persuasive • Persuasive writing's main purpose is to convince. • Persuasive writing contains the opinions and biases of the author. • To convince others to agree with the author's point of view, persuasive writing contains justifications and reasons. • It is often used in letters of complaint, advertisements or commercials, affiliate marketing pitches, cover letters, and newspaper opinion and editorial pieces.
  • 14. FORMS OF WRITING: PERSUASIVE Key Points: • Persuasive writing is equipped with reasons, arguments, and justifications. • In persuasive writing, the author takes a stand and asks you to agree with his or her point of view. • It often asks for readers to do something about the situation (this is called a call-to-action).
  • 15. FORMS OF WRITING: PERSUASIVE When You Would Use Persuasive Writing: • Opinion and editorial newspaper pieces. • Advertisements. • Reviews (of books, music, movie, restaurants, etc.). • Letter of recommendation. • Letter of complaint. • Cover letters
  • 16. FORMS OF WRITING: NARRATIVE 4. Narrative • Narrative writing's main purpose is to tell a story. • The author will create different characters and tell you what happens to them (sometimes the author writes from the point of view of one of the characters—this is known as first person narration).
  • 17. FORMS OF WRITING: NARRATIVE • Novels, short stories, novellas, poetry, and biographies can all fall in the narrative writing style. • Simply, narrative writing answers the question: “What happened then?”
  • 18. FORMS OF WRITING: NARRATIVE Key Points: • A person tells a story or event. • Has characters and dialogue. • Has definite and logical beginnings, intervals, and endings. • Often has situations like actions, motivational events, and disputes or conflicts with their eventual solutions.
  • 19. FORMS OF WRITING: NARRATIVE Examples of When You Would Use Persuasive Writing: • Novels • Short stories • Novellas • Poetry • Autobiographies or biographies • Anecdotes • Oral histories
  • 20. WHAT IS SENSORY EXPERIENCE? Writer’s ability to make a memorable story by incorporating the use of the 5 senses. Sensory details include sight, sound, touch, smell, and taste. Writers employ the five to engage a reader's interest. Readers can personally experience what the author is trying to describe, reminding them of their own experiences.
  • 21. EXAMPLE: A TRIP TO THE GROCERY STORE • A passage without sensory details: “I went to the store and bought some flowers. Then I headed to the meat department. Later, I realized I forgot to buy bread.”
  • 22. EXAMPLE: A TRIP TO THE GROCERY STORE• With additional sensory details: “Upon entering the grocery store, I headed directly for the flower department, where I spotted yellow tulips. As I tenderly rested the tulips in my rusty shopping cart, I caught a whiff of minty dried eucalyptus, so I added the fragrant forest green bouquet of eucalyptus to my cart. While heading for the meat department, I smelled the stench of seafood, which made my appetite disappear.”
  • 23. LANGUAGE OF CREATIVE WRITING: IMAGERY 1. Imagery • Language used by poets, novelists and other writers to create images in the mind of the reader. • Includes to figurative and metaphorical language improve the reader’s experience through their senses.
  • 24. IMAGERY USING VISUALS “The night was black as ever, but bright stars lit up the sky in beautiful and varied constellations which were sprinkled across the astronomical landscape.”
  • 25. IMAGERY USING SCENTS (OLFACTORY) “She smelled the scent of sweet hibiscus wafting through the air, its tropical smell a reminder that she was on vacation in a beautiful place.”
  • 26. IMAGERY USING TASTE (GUSTATORY) “The candy melted in her mouth and swirls of bittersweet chocolate and slightly sweet but salty caramel blended together on her tongue.”
  • 27. IMAGERY USING TOUCH (TACTILE) “After the long run, he collapsed in the grass with tired and burning muscles. The grass tickled his skin and sweat cooled on his brow.”
  • 28. IMAGERY USING SOUNDS (AUDITORY) “Silence was broken by the peal of piano keys as Shannon began practicing her concerto.”
  • 30. IMPORTANCE OF IMAGERY • It allows readers to directly sympathize with characters and narrators as they imagine having the same sense experiences. • Imagery is found throughout literature in poems, plays, stories, novels and other creative compositions.
  • 32. LANGUAGE OF CREATIVE WRITING: DICTION DICTION • as style of speaking or writing, determined by the choice of words by a speakeror a writer. • Diction, or choice of words, often separates good writing from bad writing.
  • 33. TYPES OF DICTION Individuals vary their diction depending on different contexts and settings. Therefore, we come across various types of diction. • Formal diction – formal words are used in formal situations, such as press conferences and presentations. • Informal diction – uses informal words and conversation, such as writing or talking to friends. • Colloquial diction – uses words common in everyday speech, which may be different in different regions or communities. • Slang diction – is the use of words that are newly coined, or even impolite.
  • 34. FUNCTION OF DICTION • In literature, writers choose words to create and convey a typical mood, tone, and atmosphere to their readers. • A writer’s choice of words, and his selection of graphic words, not only affect the reader’s attitude, but also conveys the writer’s feelings toward the literary work.
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Introduction to Creative Writing. A Crash Course. Let’s start by just sort of yapping a bit about the whole creative enterprise. Take a look at this collection of quotations about writing, art, and the creative process:

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Introduction to Creative Writing A Crash Course

Let’s start by just sort of yapping a bit about the whole creative enterprise. Take a look at this collection of quotations about writing, art, and the creative process: Browse through the quotes and select one which you feel best represents your own understanding of creative writing and art.

What quotation did you select in Skittish Libations, and why? • What, for you, is “art”? What is “creative writing”? • What is the process one goes through on the way to creating fabulous poetry and fiction?

A confrontation with reality; facing reality Note that some types, such as satire, mock or interrogate reality The invention of reality Formalist Creative Writing The improvement of reality (art as a hammer An escape from reality; a sedative or distraction Formalist Defiance of reality; reality as it ought to be A magnification of reality Formalist

Process… Something produced solely for others; a means of pleasing an audience A mysterious inborn talent Formalist A commodity Expression that is shaped and crafted The honoring of tradition A pile of crap; a hoax; excuse for not having a REAL job Creative Writing Art Formalist A learnable skill Emotional or psychological therapy The subversion of tradition Expression that is wide-open and free Self-expression; solely for self ; exploration of one’s unique vision Formalist …Product…

Maybe writing’s a constant NEGOTIATION of binaries SELF OTHER Artist Audience Subject Object

Speaking of Past and Present, here are a couple of competing claims: • Creative Writing (Literature) is the art of language in the present moment: the live, unstable, mysterious evolution that is happening continually and right under our noses. It means brand new poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, script-writing, and genres we don’t yet know how to name. • Creative Writing (Literature) is the art of language as an ancient activity: something we’ve been doing since we first opened our mouths to speak and sing around a fire. Some theorists say that the impulse to create poetry is at the root of the human impulse to use language, period.

Ok. So. • Nobody knows how to define it. • Or there’s no final definition. • Then how do we learn it? • How does it get taught? • Should I, as a teacher, emphasize process… or product? Craft… or free exploration? The work of antiquity… or the work of the future? All I can tell you is that, when I go into a classroom….

I teach the writing of literary genres. Poetry, fiction. Creative nonfiction. Some script writing. • I encourage wide-open, glorious self-expression. Go for it,baby! • I encourage patience, self-denial, and disciplined attention to the needs of audience. Craft. • I encourage an understanding of Creative Writing as culturally embedded. • I encourage an understanding of Creative Writing as culturally discreet and autonomous. • I encourage thoughtful appreciation of extremely old traditions. • I encourage experimentation and looney new ways of thinking about the world. • I try to do everything. • That’s why I’m burning out. • That’s why I’m insane. • Don’t tell my boss.

Ok. Here’s a different wrinkle. wrinkle wrinkle

What is “Creative Writing” with a capital C and W? = the branch of English Studies that involves teaching and learning how to write creatively, right? Yeah, but…

Can it really be taught? Isn’t it, according to one ancient tradition, about talent and a mysterious ability to summon the muse? What’s it doing in a university? How do you evaluate it? How, really, is it distinct from Rhetoric and Composition, Literary Studies, Linguistics, even Technical Writing? Isn’t writing in these fields creative also? What’s more important: the writing of literature… or the study of it? Isn’t all language creative, really? Why even have a distinct field called Creative Writing? Can’t business reports, department memos, shopping lists, Facebook status updates, even check-writing all be “creative”?

Did you know… Back in the 50s, at the University of Iowa, Creative Writing was created as a course to help students understand literature better. I.e., it was in the service of literature studies. The idea was that by writing some fiction, poetry, or drama themselves, students would better understand the masterpieces of literature.

But also… a bunch of teachers who were also writers wanted to get together with other writers and blab about their work— in a college setting. They couldn’t hang out in the bistros of Paris or Gertrude Stein’s salon anymore (the way they did in the 20s) so they had to get together somewhere…) The university is now sort of the chief “watering hole” for writers. It’s where they come together, share what they’re doing, argue, write, and learn from each other.

It’s always been a bit of an outlaw… Not scholarly like other disciplines. The MFA is a studio degree. Very different criteria. Not necessarily considered “academic.” Has even been viewed historically as an almost spiritual pursuit. Sometimes considered a “soft” subject by the other disciplines in English Studies. …even though those same disciplines appear to respect accomplished writers hugely!

The belief that “creative writing” isn’t really rigorous or difficult is ill-founded. Writing a poem or story that works, that is worth re-reading, that gets us where we live… IS FRAPPING DIFFICULT!!! The next time someone suggests that Creative Writing is a “fluff” discipline, ask them to write a poem and submit it to the Paris Reviewor Poetry. Tell them to “go ahead; give it shot. See how easy it is.”

In any case, over the last three decades, Creative Writing programs have proliferated like crazy across the U.S., and record numbers of students are FLOCKING to them. Despite its sometimes marginal status in the university, despite dire warnings that the printed word is dying out and giving way to a visual culture, despite scary statistics which show that reading is ever on the decline, despite the pragmatic, vocational, corporate, and anti-art bent of most universities… Creative Writing continues to absolutely flourish!

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It was from Creative Writing that the whole notion of “writer’s workshop” developed. Creative Writing workshop strategies were borrowed by, and are now standard features in, composition courses all across the country. Since the 1980s, Creative Writing has had a somewhat ambivalent, and at times downright antagonistic stance toward academic trends—especially the advent and dominance of critical theory. At the same time, however, creative writers of all genres have produced works which significantly helped to shape our very understanding of postmodernism. New fields related to Creative Writing are on the rise, primarily under the influence of Composition Studies. You can now get an MA and PhD, for example, in “Creative Writing Studies” which examines: Creative writing pedagogy The culture of creative writing/creative writing in the culture The history of creative writing in the university.

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  • Creative writing is a form of writing where creativity is at the forefront of its purpose through using imagination, creativity, and innovation in order to tell a story through strong written visuals with an emotional impact, like in poetry writing, short story writing, novel writing, and more.
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  • Be an Avid Reader
  • Reading all types of writing can spark ideas in your own imagination. The more you read fiction and creative nonfiction, the more you'll naturally adopt their natural rhythm and flow.
  • Keep an Idea Book/Notes App
  • Inspiration for creative writing can strike at any moment. Be prepared with a notebook dedicated to ideas or even a notes app on your phone. When you periodically browse your ideas, you might find that combining a couple of seemingly unrelated ideas sparks a new piece of writing. 
  • Ask What if Questions
  • To tap into your creativity, ask yourself questions that start with What if? For example, if you know you want to write about a tiger, you might ask yourself What if the tiger is best friends with a deer? or What if the tiger doesnt look like an ordinary tiger? 
  • Write with Abandon
  • If you have an idea for a story, sit down and start typing, without editing as you go. Just let the ideas flow out of your mind. After the story is out of your head and onto the screen, then you can consider revising.
  • Read Your Work Out Loud 
  • Even after you've gotten it all out, it's still not time to edit. Read your idea out loud to hear how it sounds. See which scenes jump out at you. Remember which bits of dialogue are particularly powerful.
  • Create a Scene List
  • You might want to outline your scenes after you've written that first draft of your story. This helps you organize the plot line and make sure it flows. 
  • Proofread and Edit Out Fluff
  • Now it's time to proofread and edit. Even though your work is meant to be creative and original, it should still follow standard writing rules. While imagination is key to creative writing, you still need to remove any "fluffy" parts of the story. 
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As a creative writer/maker in the academy, I could not be concerned with giving an account of surface or genre. My critical territory was my creative process, including how the essay itself intervened in the making of the novel. My concentrated research on literary texts began only done after I had completed a first draft of the novel. I had to have written a first draft before I knew what Backstory was really about at its core and I knew the influence of other fiction writers might have taken me away from that discovery. Neither did I research critical theory before I wrote. In terms of form, I found that I did have beliefs, if not theories and it was necessary for these beliefs to surface during the process of making before I could be interested in reading Theory. The reading and research that really did motivate me while I was writing was historical and factual rather than literary; it was about the history of child adoption. Original sources revealed attitudes and language concerning orphans that put difficult personal material into a context. Overall I found that writing the novel opened up the questions that academic critical research might have begun with. In this way, I came to the conclusion that creative writing research is fundamentally different from literary research.


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