Druidawn: A Narrative-Based Creative Writing Curriculum That Makes Writing Fun for Children!
Welcome to Creative Writing Solutions, your gateway to the revolutionary concept of narrative-based learning. This unique curriculum was first developed in 1990 by Miriam Darnell for her reluctant boy writers as a way to motivate them to get words onto paper through the use of a fantasy role playing game called Druidawn
Helping students to overcome writing anxiety is our passion, which is one of the reasons this website exists. We want to provide you with a place where you can go to not only improve your own writing skills but also gain the tools you need for teaching creative writing in your inclusive classroom, in your special education classroom, or in your home schooling program. All students can learn to love writing, regardless of their unique learning styles. We embrace divergence, creative education and the concept of inclusion!
While we believe there is no greater joy than writing your own original stories, we've been teaching long enough to realize that many children don't share this enthusiasm. Boys especially seem to dislike writing.
We have been teaching creative writing for over 25 years to some of the most reluctant students. These are kids who absolutely hated to write, even refused to pick up a pencil, some to the point of becoming violent.
To motivate students who do not enjoy writing, and to help teachers who want a complete lesson plan devoted to creative writing, we've developed a creative writing curriculum and the Legends of Druidawn writing game.
We offer many techniques that will get writers of all ages motivated to put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboards). We introduce creative ways for parents, teachers, and families who home school, to get their reluctant children to write.
Included in this website is information about writing with learning disabilities (such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, and fine motor delays) that hold students back from reaching their highest writing potential, as well as publishing opportunities and advice for young ambitious fiction authors. This site is loaded with writing tips and lesson plans for educators and parents.
Druidawn is coming to Mackintosh Academy in Boulder!
Starting September 6th 2012, our creative writing and gaming workshops will be hosted at Mackintosh Academy every Wednesday and two Thursdays a month 3:45-5:15pm.
These workshops are open to all students regardless of where they attend school. Check the Mackintosh website for details such as their address and special programs: www.mackintoshacademy.com Enrollment is limited, so sign up soon!
Cost: $15.00 per session, due in quarterly payments unless other arrangements are made.
Sign up now for the following available clubs:
Dragon Writers: Alternating Wednesdays 3:45-5:15 pm, open to all students, ages 7-14
Wizards and Warriors: Alternating Wednesdays 3:45-5:15 pm, open
to all students, ages 7 - 14 (Sorry this club is now full)
Druid Keepers: Bi-weekly club 3:45-5:15 pm, open to all students, ages 12 and up (Sorry this club is now full)
Kindred Spirits: Fridays 4:15-5:45 pm, a girls only club, ages 10-16
Please e-mail us if you are interested in registration for any one of these clubs.
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DRUIDAWN VOLUME III IS NOW AVAILABLE!
DRUIDAWN VOLUME IV IS COMING SOON!
FANTASTIC FICTION II COMING IN 2015
Review of Druidawn by Adventure Zone. Read it now!
Miriam's Article in the 2e Newsletter. Take a look.
BRAND NEW! THE GAMERS MANUAL!
Druidawn Gamers Manual (hard copy) $18.00 (includes $3.00 standard postage, packaging and handling.
This exciting 140 page gamers manual includes all the information a student could possibly need in order to fill out the different gaming sheets, play the Druidawn game, and write stories about the Druidawn universe. A must buy for all participating Druidawn students!
Our Fifteenth Annual Summer Camp is Coming to Colorado in Summer 2014:
Summer Camp Description:
Join us for Druidawn Summer Fantasy Writing and Gaming Camp 2015 at Mackintosh Academy in Boulder!
Learn creative writing techniques while exploring amazing fantasy worlds through role-playing games, story writing, and sword fighting adventures! During this workshop, we will discover the secrets that professional writers use to make their novels so captivating. We’ll work on fantasy world-building techniques, arts and crafts, and participate in the Druidawn publishing project as part of the writing curriculum. Students will also learn to solve problems and work together as a team as they quest in a thought-provoking imaginary fantasy setting with safety swords and play-acting. It's an action-packed five days of imagination and fun!
Mackintosh Academy 2015 Dates:
June 29th - July 3rd
July 6th - 10th
July 13th - 17th
July 20th - 24th
Cost: $260.00 per child per week.
Please contact camp directors Miriam Darnell and Cara Allen at 720-300-2216 for details, or email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Click on the link for a registration form, but please check with us before registering to make sure there is still space in the week you're planning to attend.
Summer Fantasy Camp 2014. Here is a sample of our colorful summer camp brochure.
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