Creative Writing Workshop Lesson 5: Setting and Description

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6th - 12th, Adult Education
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Lesson five is about setting and description. How do writers bring an entire world to life through simple words? Students will learn the secrets of precise and descriptive prose and how to filter a description through a character’s point of view. Then they’ll go on to explore their story's setting and how it affects their characters and plots.

This unit is part of a multi-installment series on creative writing, but can also stand alone.

Or check out individual units below. (The first one is free!)

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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25 pages
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.
Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on addressing what is most significant for a specific purpose and audience.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Use precise words and phrases, telling details, and sensory language to convey a vivid picture of the experiences, events, setting, and/or characters.
Use narrative techniques, such as dialogue, pacing, description, reflection, and multiple plot lines, to develop experiences, events, and/or characters.


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