Creative Writing

Goal
 - Improve our individual creative writing skills.

Outcome - produce and revise a 1500-word narrative.

Lessons


Future Problem Solving Scenario Writing

If you are interested in submitting your writing piece to a contest, please consider the Future Problem Solving Scenario Writing.  The full description is in the link below.  Basically you are taking one of five FPS topics and developing a story about what the future may look like.

Scenario Writing Details

Ways to Vary Your Sentence Structure

Simple Sentence – Contains one subject and one predicate.

Example: "Of course, no man is entirely in his right mind at any time." – Mark Twain

Compound Sentence – A sentence with 2 independent clauses joined together by a conjunction.

Example:  "It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen." George Orwell

Complex Sentence – A phrase that starts with a Gerund (-ing word) and acts as the noun for your sentence.

Example:  "If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.” – Henry David Thoreau

Adjective Clause – A phrase that describes the preceeding noun, often separated by commas.

Example:  "He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe is as good as dead."

- Albert Einstein

Participle Clause – a dependent clause that starts with a participle (-ing or –ed word, plus irregular verbs) that adds a secondary action to the sentence.

Example: Walking through the forest, Jake notices he is lost and night is falling.

Adverb Clause – A dependent clause that describes the verb by describing the time, place, condition, contrast, concession, reason, purpose, or result. 

Example:  “ . . .as he stared through the dull square of the window of the schoolroom, he felt his belly crave for its food." – James Joyce

Noun Clause – A dependent clause that acts as a noun

Example:  "When Mrs. Frederick C. Little's second son arrived, everybody noticed that he was not much bigger than a mouse." - E.B. White

Prepositional Phrase – A phrase that begins with a preposition and modifies the noun or the verb.

Example:  "On the counter near the stove in a silvery pan was a deep-dish berry cobbler." - Toni Morrison

Gerund Phrase – A phrase that starts with a Gerund (-ing word) and acts as the noun for your sentence.

Example:  “Shooting paintballs in not an art form.” – Bart Simpson

Infinitive Phrase – A phrase that begins with “to” followed be a verb.

Example:  “In the course of my life I have often had to eat my words, and I must confess that I have always found it a wholesome diet.” – Winston Churchill

Compound Complex – A sentence with two or more independent clauses and at least one dependent clause.

Example:  “"Hatred, which could destroy so much, never failed to destroy the man who hated, and this was an immutable law." - James Baldwin

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