All Writing Is Creative Writing

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Sometimes students are assigned a writing project that seems as plain and dull as a potato. Just like those TV chefs, their challenge is to turn that potato into an imaginative and delectable work of art.

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Writing Prompt: The Best Excuse Note Ever

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This creative writing assignment tends to be popular. Our writing coaches usually get a kick out the creativity students demonstrate with this one.

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The Fantastic Flying Books of Morris Lessmore

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Inspired, in equal measures, by Hurricane Katrina, Buster Keaton, The Wizard of Oz, and a love for books, “Morris Lessmore” is a story of people who devote their lives to books and books who return the favor. Morris Lessmore is a poignant, humorous allegory about the curative powers of story.

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The Heroic Journey 6: The Nemesis

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Next to the Hero, the most important character in the heroic journey, the foundational form of all storytelling, is the evil one. The Nemesis. The bad guy. The villain. The character who keeps the Hero from getting what the Hero needs.

It’s one of the strongest rules of writing: Your story is only as good as your Nemesis is bad.

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