Creative Writing Projects: Writing Genres Series


Wondering what creative writing projects to include in a class or unit? Read on!

The more I teach creative writing, the more I see students come alive. I was very unsure of myself when I began teaching a creative writing class last year. As I’ve continued, our projects have expanded and improved.

I’ve had success in many areas, and I’m happy to share them with other teachers. Do you teach creative writing as a class or as a unit? Try adding these three activities to your writing activities.

Do you teach creative writing? Try adding these three activities to your writing unit.

How-To Article

No, not a basic how-to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich! Ask students to dive into their circumstances and discover their strengths. Students should reveal tips and tricks that a newbie (to a variety of situations) would not necessarily know. Examples include:

  • How to talk to a coach about playing more.

  • How to distance yourself from friends who make unwise choices.

  • How to handle a medical situation (food allergy, chronic nosebleeds, diabetics) as a teenager.

Teens have unique perspectives. Capitalize on this fact with a how-to paper. Help your students find a facet in which they are experts.

Children’s Book

I switch up the requirements for this every time we create children’s books. I always start with an analysis of children’s literature so that students can see the language used. Then, I provide students with a target age of an audience. Finally, I provide a book option for an audience level. I mean:

  • ABC, 123 books

  • Basic rhymes, long a, soft e books

  • Stories with a basic plot structure (a character overcomes an obstacle with their own strengths)

The more times my students write a children’s book, the more confidence that I have in providing freedom. Eventually, I hope to allow students to choose their audience and type of story.

Movie Script

Give students a taste of screenwriting! The creation of a script involves more than writing a short story. The fun part about creating a movie script is that extension activities exist in many realms. Consider some options:

  • If you are a 1:1 classroom, you will find many film apps for students to create a movie trailer.

  • Build a character’s background! Students will imagine the backstory for a character who appears later in a screenplay. They can even write a journal as the character.

  • Analyze movie shots. My students had a blast finding film shots from their favorite (clean!) movies.

Plus? Google has a Screenplay Formatter. The finished products looked like a real screenplay.

You can even use the screenplay unit I use.

And that’s it! These creative writing projects should be easily adaptable for all ages and abilities.

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Lauralee Moss is creator Language Arts Classroom and author of The English Grammar Workbook. She teach high school English full-time in Central Illinois. She has worked in a variety of schools for the previous decade. Visit her on Instagram or Facebook.

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