Narrative-Based Learning: Creative Writing Techniques That Get Your Students Writing
Welcome to Creative Writing Solutions, your gateway to revolutionary concept of narrative-based learning. If you are a writer, there is nothing more gratifying than producing your own original work of fiction. If you teach creative writing, that gratification extends to reading what your students produce.
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 20 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 Creations is coming to Mackintosh Academy in Boulder!
Starting September 6th, 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 SEPTEMBER 2014
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 Summer Fantasy Writing and Gaming Camp 2014 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 Dates:
June 23rd - 27th
July 7th - 11th (Sorry this session is now full)
July 14th - 18th (Sorry this session is now full)
July 21st - 25th (Teens only, ages 13 - 18)
Cost: $260.00 per child per week.
Please contact camp directors Miriam Darnell and Cara Allen at 217-419-5474 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.
Use PayPal to conveniently pay for your childs enrollment in our fantastic Summer Fantasy Camp! Clicking on the button below will also allow you to use your credit card even if you don't have a PayPal account.