Extension Exercises for Creative Writing PD Masterclass for ATAR English Teachers

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This PD is for teachers who have attended the Professional development Masterclass for ATAR English teachers and want to further extend their classroom repertoire of writing instruction and exercises.

This one-day PD will arm you with new developments in thinking about how we teach creative writing with practical exercises and lesson models you can take back to your classrooms immediately.

Date and times

Friday 27, August 2021

Registration: 8:00am
Start: 8:30am
Finish: 4:40pm

Venue: Room 440.1.032, Murdoch University, South Street, Murdoch

Includes: Lunch, Morning tea, Arrival refreshment, Program notes

Cost: $295 (w/o parking), $300 (with parking)

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The Program

1. Working Creatively

An introductory dynamic exercise that illustrates what it is to work creatively in the writing classroom and what we can expect students to learn through consistent and persistent creative writing practice.

This exercise will help you acclimatise students to concepts of working creatively, and provide a working model for how to develop creative writing practices in all forms.

2. A Teaching-Learning Model Ideally Suited to Creative Writing

In this session, we explore ways of developing effective lesson plans specific to the needs of creative writing practice that enable students and empower them in the ATAR exam room. You will see how this model is ideal for framing creative writing lesson planning and integrating it with other learning taking place.

3. Writing with Literary Devices

Examiners ask students to demonstrate their command of literary devices in their writing. While many students understand how to recognise most common devices and the effects they generate, knowing how to create them and apply original thought in their usage is far more difficult and complex.

In this session, we will explore methods of making metaphor, simile, and symbolism that students can apply in all writing. Once these techniques are understood they can be employed for the making of other common colourful language devices and used in instructing students on how they can make original choices and appropriate applications.

4. Addressing the Prompt

There are two common forms of prompt used in ATAR exam questions: 1) the verbal phrase or quotation, and 2) the picture of illustration. While we have previously explored some methods of addressing the prompts, these two additional methods will add considerably to your arsenal.

    1. The power of 3rd option thinking; how to use it and teach it to help students develop an idea of strength and originality, and deploy it quickly.
    2. Ekphrasis II: A different way of viewing an image and extracting ideas for story and poetry that it generates, and deploying them quickly.

5. How to Teach Character Creation and Development

Generally speaking, when we think of Creative Writing in the classroom, we tend to think of the prose narrative form of the short story, and poetry. However, many other forms are available, including the dramatic script, comic script, game script, screenplay, and creative non-fiction in narrative forms, and songs, and prose poetry (or flash fiction) in poetry … and more. While we can’t teach it all, there is a need to understand the role story plays in narrative forms, and the extent to which it might be involved in poetic forms.

The most important part of working with story is knowing how to create characters. This is not the same as the commonly used characterisation and the difference is explored as we delve into the types of writers’ techniques for character creation that are at the core of all prose writing.

This session includes full lesson plans using short story modelling so that students can access the knowledge and employ it quickly under pressure.

6. How to Teach Plot and Structure for Short Story

Plot and story structure is often what readers look for in a finished story. There is a commonly understood view that the plot of a story is revealed in its ending. Using a story model that is being studied in the classroom, we explore a model for the ‘plot driven story’, we explore ways of getting students to think about how the ending of a story can drive its creation.

This session includes full lesson plans using short story modelling so that students can access the knowledge and employ it quickly under pressure.

7. The Writing Cycle Explored

In this session, you will try your hand with using the writing cycle technique for exam training and practise. Applying this technique has been shown to produce pleasing results in student writing.

In summary: Seven dynamic writing practise exercises you can deploy immediately, including fully structured lesson plans, plus a detailed technique on how to develop lesson plans specific to the needs of creative writing.

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