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Creative Writing Workshop. JSY Team Leaders 12/6/2010 10:30am-1:30pm Riverview Center, Harvest Conference Room. Objective. Learn the purpose of creative writing Learn new writing techniques Practice Skills. Purpose. Use creative writing tips to: Enhance regional impact statements

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Creative writing workshop

Creative Writing Workshop

JSY Team Leaders

12/6/2010

10:30am-1:30pm

Riverview Center, Harvest Conference Room


Objective
Objective

  • Learn the purpose of creative writing

  • Learn new writing techniques

  • Practice Skills


Purpose
Purpose

  • Use creative writing tips to:

    • Enhance regional impact statements

      • Target audience: USDA, OTDA, DOH

      • Writing level: professional

    • Jazz up nutritionists’ food bank newsletters

      • Target audience: SNAP participants, EFROs

      • Writing level: 4th grade


What is creative writing
What is creative writing?

  • Writing that expresses ideas and thoughts in an imaginative way. The writer gets to express feelings and emotions instead of just presenting the facts.


Tips tricks
Tips & Tricks

1. Choose a time of day that works for you.

2. Use an exciting introductory sentence to grab the reader’s attention right away!

3. Use descriptive words.

4. Keep your audience in mind.

5. Have fun!


Things to avoid
Things to avoid

1. Overwriting

2. Name repetition

3. Turning stats into sentences

4. Losing sight of the objective

5. Too much OR too little story


Creative writing opportunities for team leaders
Creative Writing Opportunities for Team Leaders

  • Impact Statements

    • How did they come about?

    • What is the point?

    • How does this fit into the big picture?


Impact statements
Impact Statements

  • Why are we doing what we’re doing?

    • Impact Statements are meant to demonstrate how JSY makes a difference in the lives of the people and communities we serve

    • Data is useful and important, but these impact statements can really answer those questions that come up sometimes, like “so what?”

    • They make the numbers more personal and exciting


Impact statements1
Impact Statements

  • Brag and be proud!

    • Show off your work and what a great job you’re all doing!

  • Reflection

    • Staff can use these to highlight program successes and identify places for improvement


Steps to a creative impact statement
Steps to a creative impact statement

1. Start with a well-researched TRUE STORY

2. WHAT’S YOUR POINT?

3. CHOOSE YOUR CHARACTERS

4. PAINT THE SCENE

5. DRESS IT UP!


Start with a well researched true story
Start with a well-researched TRUE STORY

  • Listing the facts ahead of time is helpful

  • Create an outline or framework for yourself before you begin writing

  • You know the WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHY, and HOW


What s your point
WHAT’S YOUR POINT?

  • What makes this event or program special?

  • Make this the center of the story and use the other details to explain this point

  • What made this significant for the instructor?


Choose your characters
CHOOSE YOUR CHARACTERS

  • Describe the population

  • Incorporate participant feedback

  • How was their energy level?

  • What kind of feedback did they provide?


Paint the scene
PAINT THE SCENE

  • Describe the setting.

    • Your setting is the workshop location

      • Bring the reader there


Dress it up
DRESS IT UP!

  • Add some style and pizzazz! Have fun with it!

    • Use exciting words

    • Be thinking about your Impact Statement throughout the month

    • Consider a theme to help you structure your Impact Statement


Impact statements activity 1
Impact Statements- Activity 1

  • Differences:

    • Before:

      • The introductory sentence doesn’t grab the reader. It doesn’t make someone want to keep reading

      • All it does is turn the facts and numbers into sentences

      • The participant comments don’t convey program success, just enjoyment

    • After:

      • More exciting first sentence, leaves reader wondering more

      • Descriptive words

      • Elaborated on lesson titles to convey content

      • Comments were a reflection of how the lesson worked at changing behavior


Impact statements activity 2
Impact Statements- Activity 2

  • What are some differences you can identify?

  • Which one would you rather read?

  • Which gave you a better picture of what occurred?


Impact statements activity 3
Impact Statements- Activity 3

  • Final Activity

    • Write your own!


Check in
Check-in!

  • Questions?

  • Feedback?

  • Break?!


Newsletters
Newsletters

  • How can you edit them to attract more attention and be more effective?

    • Important to remember:

      • Target audience- limited literacy

      • TL role is to review for accuracy, literacy, and creativity


Newsletters1
Newsletters

  • Which creative writing tips apply?

    • Keep audience in mind

    • Start with an exciting introductory sentence

    • Use descriptive words

    • Focus on a point/objective

    • Dress it up!


Newsletters time to practice
Newsletters- Time to Practice!

  • What differences did you notice between these two?


Newsletters time to practice1
Newsletters- Time to Practice!

  • Review your newsletter

    • What enhancements would you make?


Workshop reflection
Workshop Reflection

  • What are some ideas you’ve learned today that you could use to guide the nutritionists on how to improve their newsletters?


Thank you
Thank you!!

  • Questions?


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