Adventures in Creative Writing
Book lists Trumpter; Amazon
lists Roost Books
July 2010 / ISBN: 978-1590308127
Nonfiction / Writing / children
by Willie Elliott
A little book
filled with all kinds of writing ideas with one thing in mind: creativity.
The book is Rip the Page by Karen Benke.
The book seems to be targeted toward young writers
but adults could use it to loosen up their imagination and snap
out of writer's block. The assignments include word play, open-ended
writing assignments, encouragement from writers and poets plus other
ideas that open the mind to creativity.
None of the activities stifle the writer (whether
young or old) with rules about spelling, grammar, usage and other
formalities that stand in the way of creativity. This is not to
say that these are not important-but not at this stage.
An interesting activity is "What You've Never
Told Anyone." I jotted down a couple in my journal and found
it liberating. One example: I never told anyone that in my youth
I was convinced that I was going to be bitten by a rabid dog and
Many of the
ideas for writing are a little zany but most entertaining. This
book should be on the desk of all teachers who teach creative writing.
Wish I had had one when I was teaching.