Fictional Character development within the framework of brainstorming and a step by step story map.

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Janine Cammarata – Fiction Writing & Journaling Workshops

BOCES ID

367

For

3-5, Middle school, High school

Categories

Creative Writing, Storytelling, Mindfulness, Journaling

Curriculum

ELA, The Arts

Costs

Writer’s Journal–Grades 3-8

$100 per session (45 – 60 minutes)
$500 per day (multiple classes)

Writer’s Journal Residencies (Recommended 304 days)–Contact author for price

High School–Journaling for Healing/Self-awareness/Story

$20 per student includes supplies and technique (20 students minimum per day) 60 minute sessions

Dates Available

Throughout the school year.

Program Theme

  • Fictional Character development within the framework of brainstorming and a step by step story map.
  • Journaling techniques and prompts for mindfulness.

Program Description

Write to be Healed–Journaling for Healing, Self-Awareness, and Story

  • Introduce Journaling
  • Organizing/Planning Journal
  • Prompts: Quotes, Photos
  • Healing
  • Goal-Setting/Accountability
  • Positive Inquiry
  • Emotional Expression

 

The Writer’s Journal

  • Activities:
    Use writing examples from my series, The Puzzle Quests: Shimmer’s Eggs, Saving Atlantis, Sketchy Dinosaurs
    Introduction: Create Characters
  • Use of a photo prompt to develop a character (group participation)
  • Physical description, such as hair and eye color, shape of face, gender, age, height, color of skin
  • Emotion based on facial features
  • Brainstorm what character loves or what is most important to them.
  • What character wishes for
  • What are their fears and what they are afraid will prevent that wish from coming true.
  • Choose to use the current or different photo to create their own character using Creative Character Worksheet — Word Web
  • Answer above and additional questions about character’s personality and how they react in situations.
  • Pair and share characters with a partner
  • Create plot based on what the character wants being prevented by their fear or outside barriers. Discuss conflict and ways to throw character into it as often as possible. Write the resolution and story ending. Learn how to move past getting stuck. Read story out loud when editing for effectiveness.

Activities based on grade, length of class, number of visits
Creative writing can be expanded to include setting, description, and finalized story based on number of workshops.

Phone

(518) 466-5558

Address

16 Carpenter Way
Clifton Park, NY 12065

Associated Acts/Performances

Teachers/Staff

Journaling for Stress Relief/Healing/Self-awareness/Personal Growth

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