Encouraging creative writing is a theme shared by several very useful websites. In this post, we shall explore a few of them.
Most people feel that looking at a blank piece of paper can be a little scary; however, there are many ways to overcome this feeling.
Sharing an interesting picture on the whiteboard whilst asking who, what, when, where, how and maybe why could inspire some really interesting discussion and ideas.
Personally, I will never forget the late Tim Ryland’s “Word magpie” where children were encouraged to write words, or phrases, they heard and liked during discussion into their notebooks, for use in their own writing a little later. This method really did help a wider use of vocabulary in the writing of many children, who may not have been as eloquent as others.
Useful Creative Writing Links
Encouraging creative writing – ideas for parents from Oxford Owl – could be just as useful for teachers.
Education.com has lots of free writing worksheets and printables for every year group, some of these are designed to inspire creative writing.
KidZone has a whole section on Creative writing called Write Stories / Making Books with many free downloadable writing prompts and templates. It has a lot of helpful ideas to share with students about the whole writing process.
Journal Buddies is offering 251 Free Creative Writing Prompts for Kids. These are mostly questions for children to respond to in a written format, they are not perhaps ideal to inspire writing alone but may be good as a basis for class discussion and may also be linked to a picture, where they could be very useful. For example, “What is the best sight in the world?” – could be linked to any landscape, a sci-fi image, someone opening their eyes for the first time ever, a funny picture, a tragic picture or whatever ideas a teacher might have that may, or may not, link to a time of year, a project a festival, etc.
ThinkWritten shares The Ultimate List of 300 Fun & Creative Writing Prompts for Kids:
“#1. Imagine a giant box is delivered to your front doorstep with your name on it. What’s inside and what happens when you open it?
#2. Write a short story about what it might be like if you woke up one morning with a mermaid tail.”(ThinkWritten)
I love this site, as far down as I have read and any teacher struggling for an idea may find something to inspire here.
There are also ideas here that would make great posters:
“#19. You are a mad scientist and have invented a new vegetable. What is it called? What does it look like? What does it taste like? Most importantly: Is it safe to eat?”(ThinkWritten)
And some that would make great comic strips:
“#20. You go to school one morning to discover your best friend has been turned into a frog by an evil witch! How do you help your friend?”(ThinkWritten)
Some may inspire a poem or haiku:
“#21. Describe what it is like when trees lose all of their leaves in the autumn season.”(ThinkWritten)
Encouraging creative writing, in any way possible, and preventing children looking at a blank page with an equally blank mind has to be good for everyone!
Creative Writing on the 123HUB
Creative Writing is the featured theme for November 2019 on our teaching resources website, the 123HUB. Here you will find 54 great creative writing resources which will help to inspire and encourage children and hopefully get their creative juices flowing! Click here to view these super resources.