At each stage of the curriculum from Kindergarten to Year 12, creative writing plays a role and students are expected to submit an imaginative composition. However, the expectation to write creatively can be a tall order for kids who are still learning how to master basic literary conventions.
“Writing itself is hard, you know! I’m not even talking about essay writing, I’m just talking about writing about what you see or smell or feel, and putting together a sentence and having a story idea,” says Christine Wan, Co-Owner of C3 and an English teacher with over 20 years experience.
English teachers at school also have a broad syllabus to cover within strict time limits, so understandably, the intricate strategies and nuances of creative writing, like sensory-rich sentences and emotional depth, often aren’t as thoroughly explored as needed within the classroom.
Recognising the gap in creative writing education, Christine has created a self-learning creative writing course tailored for children aged 8-13 who struggle with storytelling.
What does C3’s Creative Writing Course involve?
The course follows a series of roughly 40 short animated clips which can be completed in around 3-4 hours. It breaks down what creative writing is from a technical point of view.
“It’s designed to be really bite-sized and each video has follow-through activities. Because creative writing is so subjective, the course is not dictating how you need to write, but it is giving you all the tools,” Christine says.
Writers employ various methods when developing any creative work, such as novels, film scripts, articles, or speeches. While their final work may seem unique and effortless, underlying their creativity are common conventions, themes, and structures that define great writing. These conventions are what C3’s online, self-paced course is centred around.
Inspiring a creative mindset
With the technical aspects of writing covered, C3’s creative writing course is also designed to help children get out of the mindset of writing something purely for grades and end results and into a more process-driven mindset.
“Creative writing is about appealing to the way you see things, the way you feel about things, even the things that you smell or the things that you touch. So I’m just trying to simplify that process to say, well, if you can read it in a published author’s book, then why can’t you actually use the same tools to write for yourself?” she says.
The digital age presents additional obstacles to this kind of deep, process-driven, creative thinking, as children today often consume vast amounts of information quickly, leading them to skim read rather than thoughtfully appreciating the details in each sentence. For example; Christine explains that while children might be able to point out a simile in someone else’s writing, it might not occur to them that this convention can be used to creatively uplift their own writing.
“These are the kinds of things that school teachers are looking for when marking a piece of work, but students might not explicitly make that connection,” Christine notes.
Whether a child is a natural storyteller or not, C3’s creative writing course aims to cut out a lot of the guesswork in the creative writing process. It improves their technical grasp of creative writing conventions, providing them with a broader toolkit to create compelling stories.
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