Category: Technology-Enhanced Creative Writing

Running A Short Online Course in Creative Writing

Three weeks have passed and we have come to the end of my first short online course in creative writing. It was a pleasure and honour to support 4 willing participants shake off their inhibitions, adopt a positive mindset and get down to some serious writing! About the Course The fundamentals of the course were Read More …

(MA) DTLT: TECW – Week 29 – Two Online Tools for Reading & Writing

Web 2.0 Creative Writing Tools and This week I began to think about what online tools would be suitable for enhancing reading and writing skills. With sooo many to choose from, I reviewed a list given by my tutor and selected two candidates: Curriculet and Little Bird’s Tales. Curriculet is a digital reading platform which Read More …

(MA) DTLT: TECW – Week 27 – Editing Strategies – Sentences of Increasing Length Activity

This week I am thinking about different strategies to help me edit my short story: Provocations of Light, currently written as Part 1 and Part 2. As per the picture above, there are many stock activities we can employ to proofread our work. However, being on a Creative Writing course, I wanted to try something Read More …

(MA) DTLT: TECW – Week 26 – Writing Subversive Endings

Chekhov’s 12 Subversive Endings Looking for direction in terms of writing  good ending to my short story, Provocations of Light – part 1 and part 2 – my tutor encouraged us to check out some of Chekhov’s Subversive Endings: 1. Anti-epilogue If an epilogue is a short statement about what happens to the characters after Read More …

(MA) DTLT: TECW – Week 26 – Writing Endings

Write to the End Every story needs a good ending. And no more is that true than for the short story I have been working on this semester. Following techniques suggested by my tutor, I have developed a very organic work, the first draft not really having a clear direction, but just being whatever came Read More …

(MA) DTLT: TECW – Week 25 – Short Story Second Draft – Part 2

Provocations of Light – Second Draft by Karina Thorne Part 2 Lights on. Like a patient coming out of hypnotherapy, she awakens with a sudden jolt. Having risen from her stool, Williams assumes a battle-ready position. Her silhouette is that of a sumo wrestler, slightly squatting, hands and arms clenched by her sides. From afar, Read More …

(MA) DTLT: TECW – Week 25 – Short Story Second Draft – Part 1

Provocations of Light – Second Draft by Karina Thorne Part 1 A hum of machines labouring under constant use, fills the airy void. Fridge-like vibrations, stop and start somewhere between walls of twisted aluminium sheets, light-weight and durable, and red lasers, stationed like cannons around the entire circumference. Supported by polished titanium columns, the low Read More …

(MA) DTLT: TECW – Week 24 – Point of View in Creative Writing

Initial Thoughts on PoV Before reading the Jauss (2000) article, in my mind I had defined “…point of view in terms of ‘person’, focusing on the angle of perception -who tells the story- instead of the various degrees of depth available within that angle.” For the first draft of my short story, I had used Read More …

(MA) DTLT: TECW – Week 24 – Re-Thinking the Short Story Plot

Re-Writing the Plot After reading Friedman’s plot categorisation last week, I’m still unsure which type of plot my short story would fall under. But here are three possibilities: – 1.1 The action plot, developing around a problem and its resolution – 2.1 The maturing plot, in which an attractive, naive protagonist achieves maturity – 2.2 Read More …

(MA) DTLT: TECW – Week 23 – Short Story Beginnings Lesson Plan

Based on what I’ve learnt about beginnings, plot and character this week, here I lay out a simple lesson plan introducing the power of short story beginnings into the foreign language classroom: Materials A large copy of the text above with words missing, as mentioned in the Warmer below (for example, in ppt form). A Read More …