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My co-worker who did the creative program lost interest.  So I swept in with a new type of creative writing program.

The quick backstory.  Three other employees and myself started a zine collection at the downtown branch where we work.  You can read all about it here – http://jplzinelibrary.wordpress.com/.  One element of this to appreciate is a zine collection’s rarity in public library systems, only a handful of public library collections such as this exist in the country.

I started a creative writing and artistry class for kids ages 8-13.  At our weekly meetings we work on various projects for submission to a quarterly published  zine we create.  This zine is something that will be cataloged in the zine collection at my branch.

Writing Prompts…
Sample writing…

Collage projects…

With haiku…

Collage and haiku…

The local paper did a small write up on the program, too!

So far I’ve only held two of the classes, but the turnout has been decent and myself and the kids are looking forward to the first finished publication.


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Creative Writing

creativewritingA co-worker of mine has a program called Creative Writing.  It’s for children ages 6 to 12 and happens every week.  It’s pretty minimal work for such a fun kid program, AND it’s educational.

Anyway here’s a collection of writing prompts to help you get your own creative writing program off the ground.

Sea Monster writing prompt

Pretend you live in a house on the edge of a lake, river, or ocean.  Beneath those waters you have seen something moving…something big.  You decide to take your video camera out to the edge of the water to see if you can capture a moving image of the mysterious thing under the water.  Out of nowhere the beast jumps out of the water and snatches the camera out of your hands with its mouth- making your camera into a tasty snack.  So now, you have witnessed something extraordinary– but you have no way to prove it.  Before you forget what you have seen, you take out a notebook and begin to write a detailed account of what you witnessed.  You describe the beast from top to bottom.

Once you have written a full-page description of the sea-monster, you take out some art supplies and try to create an image of the monster.

This is the beginning of your monster diary and your obsession with seeing the beast again…

Your writing mission:  Write a full-page description of the sea-monster you saw.  Be as detailed as possible- describing every body part, every color, every sound, and everything to do with the beast.  Once you have written a full page, use the art supplies to create an image of the beast.  Does your writing match your image?  Could we read your writing without seeing your artwork and still understand what the beast looks like?  Your goal is to be as descriptive with your words as you would be with your art.

Summer Toy Invention writing prompt

You are a Toy Inventor and you are designing the company’s newest Summer Toy.  It is going to be an outdoor toy, designed to get people very wet.  However, the company wants this toy to be something completely different than anything ever before!

Your writing mission:  Design the coolest water-toy the world has ever seen and describe it all in an essay.  Tell what it looks like, how it works, how much it will cost, what ages it is for, and where you use it.  This essay should be so detailed that people will want to run out and buy the new water-toy!

The Apprentice Story writing prompt

Pretend you are living in a society where parents help prepare their children for a prosperous future by finding them an apprenticeship.  An apprentice is a person who legally binds his or herself to a master tradesman to learn a specific trade.  For example, a person could become an apprentice to an Electrician to learn the electrical trade.  Or a Blacksmith could take on an apprentice to teach them how to forge metal.  You could even be a chef’s apprentice and learn how to cook gourmet meals!

Think about what kind of trade you would like to learn.  It doesn’t have to be a realistic trade.  You could be a wizard’s apprentice or a dragon tamer’s apprentice.  Use your imagination to the fullest!  However- remember to be as detailed as possible in your description of your daily routine.  When you wake up in the morning how does your day begin?  What kinds of tasks do you have to perform during your day?  What challenges you?  What do you have to wear?  What types of tools do you need for your trade, if any?

Write a log of your daily activities with your Master Tradesman.  Start from sunrise and describe the day until bedtime.

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