The Creative Writer (Level 1): Five Finger Exercises
A writing workshop in-a-book, The Creative Writer provides 36 weeks of lessons divided between fiction (organized as weeks 1-18) and poetry (weeks 1-18); within those two sections, units are further divided into literary categories such as plot, sound, setting, dialogue, and description. Addressing both the content and style of imaginative writing, lessons include a succinctly stated purpose, and are followed by a short lesson, literary example, lesson assignment, and challenge exercise.
Encouraging both younger and older writers to work with a mentor, a section of "mentor materials" at the back of the book is designed to be photocopied and given to the designated mentor/instructor. Comprised of an explanation of the lesson with suggestions of things to look for or draw the writer's attention towards, these exercises will provide practice with working with an audience. Teaching the "craft" and "how-tos" of writing while still acknowledging the individual, creative process, The Creative Writer will provide the structure to truly let your writing soar. 211 pages, softcover. Grades 6-9. Covers 1 semester or more depending on your speed.