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Creative Writing Workshop Lesson 1: Introduction to Storytelling

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  1. Hi! I'm Livia Blackburne, author of the NY Times bestselling young adult novel Midnight Thief. In July of 2015, I ran a week long creative writing camp for middle and high school students. We had a ton of fun, and the students wrote some great short stories and novellas! After the camp, I revised my
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Hi! I'm Livia Blackburne, author of the NY Times bestselling young adult novel Midnight Thief. In July of 2015, I ran a week long creative writing camp for middle and high school students. We had a ton of fun, and the students wrote some great short stories and novellas! After the camp, I revised my materials and expanded them for other teachers to use.

Lesson one is a bird's eye view of storytelling. Why do we tell stories in the first place? What makes a good story? How do you become a better writer? This presentation uses several well known stories to discuss plot, character, and writing, with the objective of encouraging students to think about stories in a more analytical and intentional way.


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1) Introduction to Storytelling (Free download)
2) Freewriting and Idea Generation
3) Building Strong Characters
4) Plot
5) Setting and Description
6) Revision
7) Book Cover Design
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35 pages
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Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Provide a conclusion that follows from and reflects on what is experienced, observed, or resolved over the course of the narrative.
Use precise words and phrases, telling details, and sensory language to convey a vivid picture of the experiences, events, setting, and/or characters.
Use a variety of techniques to sequence events so that they build on one another to create a coherent whole and build toward a particular tone and outcome (e.g., a sense of mystery, suspense, growth, or resolution).
Use narrative techniques, such as dialogue, pacing, description, reflection, and multiple plot lines, to develop experiences, events, and/or characters.

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