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ERIC Number: ED464335
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Mar
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
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Creative Writing: The Warm-Up.
Bruno, Maria
A writing instructor's quest in a screenwriting course was to convince her students to get in touch with their inner voices. Her male students are mostly Tarantino clones who write scripts that could star Robert DeNiro or Harvey Keitel. The instructor wanted them to create characters that are believable and that the audience can attach to in a meaningful way. She worked all summer creating a course that would help them explore their inner selves as writers. She used rhythms, first bringing drums and tambourines and giving the students freewriting assignments while she beat a rhythm, and later played classical music at the beginning of each hour while they wrote. Three by five cards were used for journal keeping--the students kept them in their pockets and were told to write down whatever came to them. A visit to the Horticultural Gardens allowed exploration of the five senses. If they could connect, even briefly, to that inner child, they might be able to find that original voice they were born with, and leap to a new place. Most important, they worked in groups for the entire class. A writing group can be a writer's lifeline--a source of constant evolving inspiration, a place where there is trust. (NKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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