When I was invited to give creative writing workshops to students at La Côte, I developed courses to gets kids excited about writing. To learn, yes, but to bring fun to the forefront. How? By allowing their “vivid imaginations” a place on paper. By rewarding them for the silly, the crazy, the over-the-top. By getting them to experience the importance of sensory detail and sensational wording by asking them to make me believe the unbelievable.
They made me believe it. The students were already in touch with their creative side and even the ones who claimed to not like writing came into the workshop with open minds. The students were enthusiastic and engaged. The pieces they came up with in such a short time was exceptional.
I had wanted the kids to see that writing isn’t torture. I wanted them to see that it’s magic. Well, they had me under their spell.