The Road Not Taken: Preparing to Teach Kids to Write Outside the Box

Preparing to teach kids to take the road less traveled, for my first creative writing workshop at Girls Inc. of Dothan.

 If you've read my first blog post, you know I'm anxiously awaiting to teach my first creative writing workshop for Girls Inc. of Dothan.  Needless to say, creating plans for 4th-8th graders is harder than I thought. But hey, I got this! Right? Anything is possible and my goal is to teach these girls to think outside of the box while writing.

So far, I've compiled a list of fun activities for each class and for the first class, I decided to try something a little different-letter writing. As we know, considering the world we live in today that has social media a click away and text messaging at the tip of our fingertips, writing letters is a dying art form. Why not bring it back in a unique way! Aside from letter writing I'm sure they'll enjoy fun prompts and other activities that involve exercising their brain. From fiction to haiku, prose, and everything in between, I'm hoping they'll be inspired, grow, and have fun at the same time. 

My minor in college was communication studies, which dealt with plenty of research, public speaking, and more importantly thinking outside the box. At the time, I thought the majority of assignments were over the top, but I have to say they've prepared me as I continue my journey as a writer and my opportunities of speaking at different events. I believe we should all think outside of the box, no matter what our profession or hobby may be and for most kids when they think of writing prompts, they probably think of another boring journal entry for an english class. But here's to hoping my first class with these girls adds a twist to prompts and writing as a whole.  

"Two roads diverged in a wood and I-I took the road less traveled by and that makes all the difference."~Robert Frost

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