Writing for Kids Workshop

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Writing for Kids Workshop

  1. 1. Writing For Kids A Workshop for Adults Zarah C. Gagatiga Facilitator
  2. 2. Outline of the Session <ul><li>So, you want to write for children </li></ul><ul><li>The Child Audience </li></ul><ul><li>Writing Fiction for Children </li></ul><ul><li>Workshop! </li></ul><ul><li>Setting </li></ul><ul><li>Character </li></ul><ul><li>Plot </li></ul><ul><li>The power of imagination </li></ul>
  3. 3. So you want to write for children <ul><li>CHILDREN </li></ul><ul><li>LITERATURE </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li> It must be well written. Craft is very important as well as the use of language. </li></ul><ul><li> It must speak strongly of the Filipino’s culture and identity. </li></ul><ul><li> It must be simple, but substantial. </li></ul><ul><li> It must be unafraid. And does not apologize for being so. </li></ul><ul><li> It must be a story that children can independently read. </li></ul>
  5. 5. The Child Audience <ul><li>Needs of the Learning Child </li></ul><ul><li>Need to love & be loved </li></ul><ul><li>Need for beauty and order </li></ul><ul><li>Need to play </li></ul><ul><li>Need to achieve </li></ul><ul><li>Need to belong </li></ul><ul><li>Need to know </li></ul><ul><li>Material needs </li></ul><ul><li>* Do you still remember </li></ul><ul><li>what your childhood was like? </li></ul><ul><li>Identify events, people and situations in your childhood that still make an impression to you even as you are now an adult. </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Pre-Reading Stage </li></ul><ul><li>Initial Reading </li></ul><ul><li>Conformation & Fluency </li></ul><ul><li>Reading & Learning the New </li></ul><ul><li>Multiple Viewpoints </li></ul><ul><li>Construction & Reconstruction </li></ul><ul><li>- Jean Chall, 1983 </li></ul>
  7. 7. Writing Fiction for Children <ul><li>Story Elements </li></ul><ul><li>Story Grammar </li></ul><ul><li>3 Important Things </li></ul><ul><li> Character </li></ul><ul><li>Setting </li></ul><ul><li>Plot </li></ul>
  8. 8. Workshop <ul><li> Setting </li></ul><ul><li>From the drawing, create a story line. This would be your first draft. </li></ul><ul><li>Plot </li></ul><ul><li>From the graphic organizer, plan your story line </li></ul><ul><li> Character </li></ul><ul><li>Create your character. Use the graphic organizer to help you map your character’s attributes and traits </li></ul>
  9. 9. Stretch your Imagination <ul><li>Create a story line from the following images: </li></ul><ul><li>Be sure that al three are found in your draft. </li></ul>

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