Collaborative Writing Circles

There are no rules. Choose your own topic. Write a poem. Write a short story. Write a blog. Aim for a hundred words or aim for a thousand. Just start writing, and have fun!!


  1. Choose a name for your writing group.
  2. At each meeting, your writing group will write on an agreed-upon-topic.
  3. You may write using any format or genre (poem, short story, blog).
  4. You will share your drafts, provide each other with feedback-edit, proofread, revise and write your polished copy (Mrs. McLeod will provide you with peer editing sheets).
  1. Use your Writing Notebooks for your rough drafts.
  1. Place your polished copy in your Portfolio.
  2. Write a reflection on your favourite piece when completed and add it to your portfolio.

Some sample topics:

  1. What was the best Halloween you ever had? What made it great? What would make this Halloween even better than that?
  2. Write a spooky story to tell around the campfire. Remember, you want to build suspense. Use techniques such as imagery, alliteration and figurative language such as onomatopoeia. Don’t forget to have a big finale to frighten everyone who is listening.
  3. If you could design a haunted house, what would you name it? What types of rooms would you have? Describe, in detail, 3 of the best rooms in your haunted house.
  4. While trick-or-treating, my friends and I decided to explore a dark street we had never noticed before.
  5. You’re digging in your garden and find a fist-sized nugget of gold.
  6. Write about something ugly — war, fear, hate, or cruelty–but find the beauty (silver lining) in it.
  7. The asteroid was hurtling straight for Earth…
  8. A kid comes out of the school bathroom with toilet paper dangling from his or her waistband.
  9. Write about your early memories of faith, religion, or spirituality; yours or someone else’s.
  10. There’s a guy sitting on a park bench reading a newspaper…
  11. Write a poem about a first romantic experience.
  12. He turned the key in the lock and opened the door. To his horror, he saw…
  13. Silvery flakes drifted down, glittering in the bright light of the harvest moon. The blackbird swooped down…
  14. The detective saw his opportunity. He grabbed the waitress’s arm and said…
  15. There are three children sitting on a log near a stream. One of them looks up at the sky and says…
  16. There is a magic talisman that allows its keeper to read minds. It falls into the hands of a young politician…
  17. And you thought dragons didn’t exist…
  18. Write about nature. Include the following words: hard drive, stapler, phone, car, billboard.
  19. The doctor put his hand on her arm and said gently, “You or the baby will survive. Not both. I’m sorry.”
  20. The nation is controlled by…
  21. You walk into your house and it’s completely different — furniture, decor, all changed. And nobody’s home.
  22. Write about one (or both) of your parents. Start with “I was born…”
  23. The most beautiful smile I ever saw…
  24. I believe that animals exist to…
  25. A twinkling eye can mean many things. Start with a twinkle in someone’s eye and see where it takes you.
  26. Good versus evil. Do they truly exist? Are there gray areas? Do good people do bad things?
  27. Have you ever been just about to drift off to sleep only to be roused because you spontaneously remembered an embarrassing moment from your past?
  28. Get a package of one of your favorite canned or boxed foods and look at the ingredients. Use every ingredient in your next piece of writing.

If none of these creative writing prompts inspire you, come up with some prompts of your own.

Writing Notebook

Writing Notebook_cover page

storyboard map-ideas to write about

Writing Notebook-autobiography

Take a glimpse into your future:



Writer’s Craft

By dictionary definition, a craft is a branch of a profession or occupation, usually a membership in a group or guild, which requires some particular kind of skilled work. In the case of the craft of writing, it is a career or occupation, not simply a hobby, which requires artistic skill. Writing also requires commitment.

The craft of writing is learning the proper elements of writing: writing technique, grammar, and style. This includes structure, formatting, clarity, and in fiction writing, plot, character development, point of view, and dialogue. In writing poetry the elements are form, lines, stanza, rhymes and rhythm (meter), pattern, and euphony and then there are the literary devices. Writing non-fiction, which conveys factual information, refers to people, places, events and things. Creative non-fiction uses elements of the literary craft, specifically the techniques of fiction writers, playwrights, and poets.

There are many other types of writing with specific elements, such as playwriting, scriptwriting for film and television, academic, journalistic, online, business, advertising and promotional writing, which you can research. It’s important to research elements fully as a fundamental basic to the craft of writing. It’s also vital to know the particulars in the genre or sub-genre in which you write. There is a great deal of information available from many sources including books and the internet.

Writer’s Craft- Sentence Types



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