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Writing Resources: Creative Writing and Letters

Just like when they first started writing the alphabet.....be creative and let them be creative.

Creative writing opportunities are all around us. From letters to grandma and emails to friends to writing contests and poetry readings, the opportunities exist. I can't believe I am saying this but even texting and social networks can be a springboard to creative writing.

Check online or at your local library or at local colleges/junior colleges for youth writing programs and experiences. Let them email their cousins in Africa or Great Aunt Susie in Colorado. Encourage them to illustrate their writings with pictures and drawings and to embellish with decorations. Face it ....it's fun that way.




Couple of teaching creative writing resources ideas.

-Use color pencils and markers
-Make shape poems
-Write fables, fairy tales or create a myth
-Let them enter contests
-Praise their efforts, especially creative elements
-Notice and point out what is unique and creative about their writing


One recurring comment, that I have heard from creative writers is that when they first started writing someone...a parent, grandparent, teacher or friend praised their efforts and their work.

The door to becoming a good and creative writer begins with positive reinforcement and praise. Please never underestimate what you say to your child about their work.

If you have been overly critical up to this point, start now...look for the unique, the creative element, the little twist that might not be grammatically correct but is poetic or creative and sincerely note this to your child. It is not too late. You can begin to foster within your child a love for writing.


A few techniques to deal with writer's block and hints for teaching creative writing:

-Read several books on the subject-including encyclopedia
-look at pictures or images
-visit a museum
-clean (ok this might only work for moms like me lol)
-play with play dough, blocks, magnetic letters or words
-exercise
-exercise brain with logic games or puzzles
-doodle



Finally, one of the best writing resources tips and and absolute must for developing creative writing,

Read to them a variety of material and let them read a variety of material.




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Writing Resources: Creative Writing

Homeschool Teacher, Homeschool Mentor is about sharing tips and strategies with each other. I know you all have some great ideas...why not take a minute and share your writing resources ideas, tips and suggestions.

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