How to Learn Creative Writing and Storytelling: DIY Workshop

If you’re looking for a creative writing and storytelling workshop, same pinch!  I have no references other than an online search; the ones I found were expensive too. Plus, I’m looking for a workshop where I could get an in-person feedback from the teacher as well as other participants. Creative writing has to be practiced and we can’t get it on a platter, I guess. How about a DIY workshop?

In today’s world of resources like ChatGPT, Bard and Bing Chat and many coming up, it’s time to self-learn or DIY. So while you search and get to know about a good writing workshop where you can meet fellow participants and learn together, let’s get started with a DIY workshop.

And btw, your friends here at Elizquidana can be the best fellow participant!

Let’s learn more about creative writing workshops.

What you’ll learn in Workshops

Here are some of the things you can expect to learn in a workshop on creative writing and storytelling:

  • The fundamentals of creative writing: This includes learning about the different elements of fiction, such as plot, character, setting, and theme. You will also learn about different writing styles and techniques.
  • How to develop your own voice as a writer: This means finding your own unique way of telling stories. You will learn how to use your own experiences and observations to create characters and worlds that feel real and believable.
  • How to get feedback on your writing: In a workshop setting, you will have the opportunity to share your work with other writers and receive feedback from them. This can be invaluable in helping you to improve your writing skills.
  • How to overcome writer\’s block: Everyone experiences writer\’s block at some point. In a workshop, you will learn different techniques for overcoming this obstacle and getting your creative juices flowing again.

In addition to these specific skills, you will also learn a lot about yourself as a writer in a creative writing workshop. You will be challenged to think more deeply about your own writing process and to experiment with different techniques.

Now, you will have the opportunity to connect with other writers and learn from their experiences in an in-person workshop. So, if you are interested in connecting with other writers in improving your creative writing skills, I highly recommend taking a workshop. It can be a great way to learn from experienced writers, get feedback on your work, and connect with other writers who share your passion for writing.

However, in a DIY workshop you have to reach out to friends at Elizquidana who have similar motivation to learn and grow together.

Benefits of Creative Writing Workshops

Here are some of the benefits of taking a creative writing and storytelling workshop:

  • You will learn from experienced writers who can teach you the fundamentals of creative writing and storytelling.
  • You will get feedback on your work from other writers, which can help you to improve your writing skills.
  • You will have the opportunity to connect with other writers and learn from their experiences.
  • You will be challenged to think more deeply about your own writing process and to experiment with different techniques.

If you are interested in taking a creative writing and storytelling workshop, here are some more things to keep in mind:

  • Do your research: There are many different workshops available, so it is important to do your research and find one that is a good fit for you.
  • Consider your goals: What do you hope to achieve by taking a workshop? Are you looking to improve your writing skills, learn new techniques, or connect with other writers?
  • Budget: Workshops can vary in price, so it is important to factor this into your decision.
  • Time commitment: Workshops can be time-consuming, so make sure you have the time to commit to the workshop before you sign up.

Now, till you find the right in-person workshop that’s just right for you, here is an example of a lesson plan that you could use to get started on your own.

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Lesson Plan of the creative writing workshop

Title: The Elements of Fiction

Objectives:

  • You will be able to identify the different elements of fiction.
  • You will be able to explain the importance of each element of fiction.
  • You will be able to apply the elements of fiction to your own writing.

Procedure:

  1. Begin by reviewing the different elements of fiction. You can use a handout or create your own list.
  2. Learn and write out the importance of each element of fiction. For example, you could explain how plot creates a sense of suspense and how character development helps the reader connect with the story.
  3. Apply the elements of fiction to your own writing. You could write a short story or a character sketch.
  4. Share your work with the class and give each other feedback.

Assessment (The difficult part doing DIY):

  • You could assess your understanding of the elements of fiction by answering questions about them.
  • You could also assess your ability to apply the elements of fiction by asking your friends to grade your story.

Extension:

  • Research different types of fiction and how the authors use the elements of fiction.
  • Write different types of fiction, such as a mystery, a romance, or a science fiction story.

This is just one example of a lesson plan that you could use for a creative writing and storytelling workshop. There are many other topics that you could cover, such as character development, setting, and theme.

We’ll bring you such lesson plans and creative writing prompts. Do subscribe and make friends at Elizquidana. They’ll be the best writing buddies you can ever have.


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