Charles encouraged students take real life and push it into fiction and to write from their passions. Charles said that even his extreme villains have a part of his humanity in them.
Nikoo got the juices flowing with her creative story starters. She spoke about elements of a fairytale noting many of the commonalities. Fairytales are set in the past, have make-believe aspects, contain both good and evil characters, and include a conflict or problem to be solved. Students were encouraged to use the senses to give their writing texture. Don't tell us; show us!
My favorite take home point was to: Resist Resisting... which reminds us to take the things that make us nervous, worried, scared, and/or anxious to push through them because the results on the other side of resistance offer many rewards.
Looking forward to seeing you all again on January 9th. It's going to be a wonderful day! Writer Ann Hodgman will join Nikoo McGoldrick for another fun-filled day of writing!!
Assignment due January 9th: rewrite the 'Twas the Night Before Christmas' poem in any way that your creative brain takes you! You could do: 'Twas the Night Before the Superbowl or 'Twas the Night Before my Dance Recital... be creative!
Check out: Storytoolz.com -- Resources for Writers.
Wishing you all a wonderful winter break and a marvelous 2014! See you soon! :)