Category Archives: Creative Writing

Building Beasts!

For all of those Creative Writing students who’re about to craft tales about discovering a never-before-seen organism, check out the video embedded above! Produced by Mental Floss, the video offers a look at twenty-three unusual animals and may help kickstart your writing! And that’s always a good thing, right?

Aye-aye! (Watch the video and you’ll get the joke.)

Personal Manifesto!

The Creative Writing students are about to embark upon the journey of self-discovery known as the PERSONAL MANIFESTO! To complete this assignment, students will have to identify (and articulate) the core values to which they are most inherently tied. For further elaboration, check out the assignment sheet.

To begin the process of thinking about what we believe (and why!), the Creative Writing classes will watch the playlist posted above. In these videos, various individuals express ideas about who they are, what they believe, and what they live for. These are some of the very topics that we will contemplate in completing out own Personal Manifesto projects.

Heavy stuff.

Inspiration? All You Need is a Fraction of Comics!

To most fully engage with the concept of scripting comic books, the Creative Writing classes have been diving headfirst into all things related to the paneled page. We’ve been reading comics, examining scripts, and even discussing the role of digital media in the distribution of sequential art.

If you have a few minutes, check out the video embedded above. In it, comics writer-extraordinaire MATT FRACTION shares his story. How does Fraction approach creativity, writing, art, and professionalism? Watch and find out!

Mid-Year Exams on the Horizon!

Study for Mid-Year ExamsWhere has the year gone?!

In case you didn’t realize, Term II ends this Friday! While the vast majority of the work for this quarter of the school year has already been submitted, there is still something worth working on this week. What’s that? You don’t know what you could possibly be preparing for? You’re pretty sure that this is just a coast week? Hrm.

How about Mid-Year Exams?

Rather than waiting until the night before, why not start doing some of the legwork now? Look through your materials and figure out which areas you’ll need to focus on in order to get the grade you want. For your benefit, I’ve even posted the Mid-Year Exam guides below!

[JUNIORS]

[FRESHMAN]

[CREATIVE WRITING]

 

The Life of a Film Critic

As the Creative Writing students try their hand at writing film reviews, we have been reading the work of professional critics. Arguably the most well-respected film critic of all time, Roger Ebert brought a craft to a form of writing sometimes dismissed as trifling.

If you have time, check out the embedded video, which features Ebert discussing his views on film reviewing, art, and life!

A Literary Analysis of Spider-Man

Spider-Man

Think that in-depth character analysis is reserved solely for classic works of literature? Guess again!

If you have a spare moment, head over to Comics Alliance and read Chris Sims’ fantastic new article: Why Spider-Man is the Best Character Ever (Yes, Even Better Than Batman). Throughout the course of the piece, Sims provides a close reading of Peter Parker, detailing why it is that the character has remained so poignant since his 1962 debut.

An excerpt:

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So he has to be Spider-Man, because he knows for a fact that he can help people, and that fact makes the decision for him. It’s another piece of that sacrifice, that atonement, but it’s also an incredible illustration of the pressure that he’s under, and how he just has to carry on, dealing with the things that he can control.

And how does he do it? By creating a better version of himself.

Batman’s essentially Batman from the moment his parents die, he just needs to go learn kung fu and how to be a detective. But at the start of Peter Parker’s story, he’s not a hero — he’s not even close. He’s shy and he’s an outcast, and while those things aren’t really his fault, they lead him to become pretty vindictive…

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A Grotesque Deception (F-Block)

Poe

Although we’ve already explored The Masque of the Red Death, A Dream Within a Dream, and The Raven, Edgar Allan Poe’s work contains many more hidden recesses and dark depths. Moreover, Poe’s writings are often thought of as manifestations of his personal life, which point to mindset of strange and somber qualities.

If you are a member of the F-Block Creative Writing squad, click the link and prepare to investigate more of Poe’s life and work! Continue reading A Grotesque Deception (F-Block)

The Poetry of Comedy (Happy Halloween)

Although we often think of poetry being composed of written documents, there is also a performative element that must not be overlooked. As we’ve learned firsthand, there is both an incredible sense of agency attained when reading a poem to others, as well as a captivated engagement experienced when listening.  In this sense, poetry is just one of the many forms of oral tradition that have been passed down through the generations.

Another form of oral tradition is stand-up comedy. With its emphasis on the recitation of prepared material, and its investment in evoking emotion, stand-up can definitely be thought of as a sister art form of poetry.

As such, I encourage you all to watch the above clip, which features Jerry Seinfeld (one of the most respected stand-up comedians of all time) waxing nostalgic about Halloween.