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Creative Writing - From Think To Ink: Learn How... [EXCLUSIVE]


A substantial body of research illustrates both the need for and value of creative therapies in the process of recovery from addiction. Writing, especially the writing of poetry and memoir, offers the opportunity to become more intimate with oneself and provides a form of expression for feelings that cannot be easily shared. The skills of creative writing, which include the ability to craft and imagine current realities and new futures, as well as the development of a confident, mature voice, are crucial for those who may be released from a prison or rehabilitation facility into a less-than-perfect world.




Creative Writing - From Think To Ink: Learn How...



A few writers outside of academia have chosen to spend a significant amount of time teaching creative writing in prisons, most notably Wally Lamb (York Correctional Institution) and Judith Tannenbaum (San Quentin). Jimmy Santiago Baca, who learned to write poetry while incarcerated, still teaches regularly in prisons. R. Dwayne Betts, whose book about his years in prison, A Question of Freedom: A Memoir of Learning, Survival, and Coming of Age in Prison, has received much praise, regularly visits detention centers and inner-city schools and talks to at-risk young people.


Many others, often unknown and unsung, without the support of a university, English department, or MFA program, strike out on their own. I think of Ralph Nazareth, who, over the last ten years, has taught in the Rising Hope program at maximum security prisons in New York, or Joseph Bathanti, who has taught writing in prisons for thirty-five years. I think of my former colleague at Iowa State, Steve Pett, who taught creative writing in prison, alongside graduate students, for many years in Iowa, and was an early inspiration for me.


Your creative writing education begins by reading the best of classic and contemporary literature. As you discuss readings in class, you'll learn fundamental writing techniques that will form the basis of all you create. You'll receive constant feedback in peer-review sessions and support from one-on-one conferences with professors, not to mention workshops with distinguished visiting writers like George Saunders and Kim Addonizio.


Apply what you've learned in the classroom to meaningful projects by completing a praxis course working with local publishers or facilitating a community writing workshop. No matter what you want to create, a creative writing degree will help you make it.


Students who complete 12 semester hours of ENGL 401 Textual Scholarship will receive a certificate in textual scholarship that confirms an exceptional level of expertise in a field that is distinguished for undergraduate creative writing majors. In addition to developing the skills and earning the experience described in the course description for ENGL 401, students who complete the requirements for the textual scholarship certificate also have demonstrated a sustained commitment to the completion of a serious scholarly project that involves both extraordinary undergraduate research and intensive experiential learning.


19th-century American inventor Thomas Edison also focused some of his creative energy on writing instruments. He developed an electric pen, an early example of a copy machine. At that time, if people wanted a copy of a document, they had to recopy it by hand. Stencil copying was also an option. First a drawing or manuscript was made by making tiny pinpricks through a piece of paper. Ink was pressed through the holes in the paper onto a paper underneath to make an image. Several copies could be made from one stencil.


Think It Ink It Publishing are professionally illustrated wordless picture books in which kids write the story and become authors. The concept is designed to promote creative writing for children from the ages of 4-12 years old. As the importance of writing is being equated with the importance of reading, our professionally illustrated wordless picture books provide an entertaining and motivating platform for children to practice writing and be published.


While non-creative writing can have dialogue (like in interviews), that dialogue is not used in the same way as it is in creative writing. Creative writing (aside from silent films) requires dialogue to support the story.


Graduate School: Students who chose to continue their education have gone on to earn graduate degrees in English, law, publishing, library and information science, education, communication sciences and disorders, public administration, social work, computer science and creative writing. Students from this program have gone on to MFA graduate programs in Creative Writing at the following schools:


Another favorite among creative writing ideas is having students write diary entries in the voice of a character from literature. This can be a character from a book you read as a class or from a book they read on their own. Either way, it will showcase their creative writing skills and their knowledge of the character!


Do not copy from another artist. Avoid clichés like anime, tattoo designs, dragons, or unicorns. At least half of your portfolio should consist of drawing from direct observation. Your ability to think creatively is important to us, so feel free to include pages from your sketchbook.


Hot Ink is a creative writing program open to teenage girls (Grades 8-12). The program aims to provide girls with a forum to develop and express their unique voice, acknowledge and validate that voice, and encourage participation in dialogue with others. It includes activities that allow participants to practice their writing skills, challenge themselves, think creatively, develop teamwork skills, and take charge of their lives. The program highlights the encouragement of freedom of expression, self-confidence, and critical thinking.


A variety of fun and creative exercises will take place in the program. Exercises such as poetry scavenger hunts, folklore creating, interviews with characters, fill-in-the-blanks poetry are designed to help develop an interest in creative writing and poetry. Exercises such as story chain, group writing and writing correlations focus on group work and leadership building. These group activities also allow participants to make friends and connect with others in the community. Other exercises such as emotion-evoking poetry and letter-to-self focus on helping young girls learn new coping styles to express their feelings. 041b061a72


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