Instead of thinking, “I want my reader to feel sad,” I needed to show how I felt the day I learned another girl thought of my boyfriend as hers. I sat in his car outside my school and told him I would not play second fiddle to anyone, and I cried, ...
March 10, 2021 Taught by Carol Brennan King Creative Writing: today we focused on using white space, lines, and punctuation as tools to help us communicate our stories. We also talked about how using breath units, or the words we want to be read in one breath, help us reach our reader to interpret the…Read more Creative Writing and Memoir/Nonfiction Writing Class Notes
Give the person a deadline for when you need the manuscript back – if you are giving them the manuscript to them and not reading it to them. Give them a reminder a day or two before your due date. You might say, “I have worked out for Wednesday to be my manuscript workday, so I would appreciate what you have been able to do for me before Wednesday.
Nov. 4, 2020 Carol Brennan King Note class changes next week: Creative Writing will be from 9-11am and Memoir will be from 2-4pm. Assignments Creative Writing: We talked about seven emotions: joy, anger, worry, anxiety, sadness, fear, and fright. For next week, write a short piece that shows your character(s) experiencing emotions. The point is…Read more Creative Writing and Memoir Class Notes
Do you choose to make your point by developing one issue ata a time or do you put lots of "nuts" in there and let your reader sort them out? I am not sure readers like guessing.
Carol Brennan King An essay for a class I am taking: I lean into the room to hear, to find sounds to write about, but all I hear is the sound of air being sucked through a small floor fan then pushed through the room toward the dehumidifier. Ostensibly, they work together to circulate the…Read more Listening to My Body 9/24/2020
It came to me that we were with a chorus of believers singing through history, from what I thought then was the late nineteenth century, based on the language of the hymn.
by Carol Brennan King June 19, 2020 I have been taking a Meditation and Writing Class this week and today the prompt was this: The ---------that came to me: The teacher said just fill it in anyway that makes sense for you. Perhaps words like person, idea, blessing....and honestly, I don't know what came after…Read more The Blessing That Came To Me
...students did remarkable work. I wish you could have been there via Zoom to hear what they produced in the few minutes allotted to group work.
What makes this book especially good is that Chin doesn’t try to preach at you, or say how nothing discouraged him because after all, he had God.
This will be a different post, with resources I mentioned in class and some new ones that you may find helpful now and in the future.
By Carol Brennan King April 14, 2021 Creative Writing In Creative Writing today, we talked about some writing exercises for richer character, material that came originally from https://www.nownovel.com/blog/creative-writing-exercises-character/ Today we discussed the first three exercises. Play ‘head, and shoulders, knees, and toes.’ Think about what your character looks like, starting at the head, then downwards,…Read more Creative and Memoir Writing Class Notes
Creative Writing and Memoir Classes March 24, 2021 This first part of our class notes today is to all of you! You are writers. Do you behave that way? Do you plan your day for writing? I am suggesting that you set an appointment with yourself and your writing space three to five days a…Read more Creative Writing and Memoir Writing
Yes, memoirs are still the stories of our family or our own stories, our history, but they may also overlap with some of the perspectives seen in fiction.