Teaching Creative Writing To Adults

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This article was co-authored by Christopher Taylor, Ph D.

This article was co-authored by Christopher Taylor, Ph D.

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In 2015-16 she was artist-in-residence at the Church of Ireland College of Education in association with Children’s Books Ireland.

Jessica Traynor is the former Literary Manager of the Abbey Theatre, and now works as a freelance dramaturg and creative writing teacher.

WHAT I LOVE ABOUT IT: Concrete examples of writing stronger stories, using two chapters on building characters, two chapters on Voice, as well as setting, conflict, adding detail, putting it all together and How to READ like a Writer!

WHAT I LOVE ABOUT IT: Written for the adult writer who writes teen and YA fiction, this book gives realistic writing advice from developing ideas and characters that will resonate with today’s YA’s to crafting the novel with intent ot market and publish.

Though I have not yet read this book, I own it and have heard that the lessons re designed to engage students in all types of writing that fit today’s curriculum, as well as giving teachers a tool to assess student writing.

The “traits” are: Ideas, Sentence Fluency, Organization, Word Choice, Voice, Conventions and lastly, Presentation.

)BOOKS FOR TEACHING: WHAT I LOVE ABOUT IT: Breaks down elements of writing into three major categories: IDEAS, DESIGN, and LANGUAGE with sub-categories like “Describing Character Through Gesture,” How to Stay on Topic” and “Using Stronger Verbs”, each with its own lesson plan, writing exercise and novels as references for particular craft lesson. WHAT I LOVE ABOUT IT: Written for the young writer in simple terms, concise chapters and exercises.

Tons of ideas on what to write and then, how to develop a story from idea through plot and setting to a satisfying ending.

An award-winning poet, she was recently commissioned by Ireland 2016 and the Irish Writers Centre to be part of A Poet’s Rising, broadcast on RTE.

She has taught creative writing courses at Big Smoke Writing Factory, the Irish Writers Centre, Fighting Words, and at various Irish literary festivals around Ireland.


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