Ending with Endings

What better way to end a creative writing course than with a discussion on endings? I pulled together some tips from various sources, and we talked about the kinds of endings we like best. We also read aloud a story with an ending I find incredibly powerful — "Gentleman's Agreement" by Mark Richard. Well, I …

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Finding Your Voice

When I started planning for last week's class, I had no idea how I was going to help my students "find their voice." I'm not even sure I've found my own. But as I began researching and assembling a lesson plan, I realized I already had the resources that would help all of us. Early …

Suspense

So, last night we continued the conversation on plot with a lesson on suspense. I took a tip from Bret Anthony Johnston and began the lesson by reading The Monster at the End of This Book -- a great example of suspense. Then we talked about ways to add suspense to "Cinderella," since that's the …

Plot

I've been dreading the class on plot ever since I signed up to teach. The word itself is just so full and round and all-encompassing. It makes me think of clot, which makes me think of blood, which makes me think of survival. Plot truly is the lifeblood of a story, and in the past …