Even though it’s a craft Friday, we’ll start with a traditional warm up today. For your prompt
It’s a big, raucous house party of drunken high-school students. Describe the scene from ONE of these points of view:
- As a teen attending the party
- As the police officer called to the scene
- As a parent of one of the teens
If you finish the point of view you chose, feel free to move on to another point of view.
…because we’re going to spend the rest of the class working on craft.
Yesterday we brainstormed some of the “rules” for writing fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. But here’s my question: where do we learn those “rules?”
Most of the time, we learn them from teachers who have extracted them from the books and stories we’re reading.
But that’s like memorizing. It only gets you so far.
The best way to really UNDERSTAND the rules of any genre is to read in that genre–broadly and deeply, not just in your preferred style, but in lots of styles.
People don’t always believe me, but it’s true: to become a better writer, we have to read. So that’s where we start in Creative Writing. With reading.
But we don’t want to read like we do in English classes. We want to read like a WRITER.
Today we’ll talk about what’s involved in reading like a writer–and then we’ll practice it together, first on some sample paragraphs and then on the first pages of “Angels in the Snow” by Matt de la Peña.