Creative Writing – Character Development
Character Development achieved through a visual approach brings energy and enthusiasm to creative writing projects.
“Creativity is intelligence having fun.” Albert Einstein
Starting a project with an element of visual collaboration naturally fosters group responsibility for the success of the project overall. Encouraging students to talk about their personal expected outcomes and the actual results in a conversational way creates a shared experience and a shift in group dynamics creating, in most cases, group polarisation.
Buoyed by the shared experience students, through all Key Stages, connect in a personal way to their visual creation and are more inclined to bring a lateral approach to populating a story or interpretation of curriculum texts. The benefits of this approach are outlined in this report for Education Scotland in 2013
Working in groups: Exquisite Corpse
Exquisite Corpse is a round the table exercise using formula to create imagined stories, descriptions or drawn figures. Using a variety of approaches, combinations e.g.:
- Who, what, when, and why
- Red, yellow, blue and green
- Silently, cautiously, suddenly and instantly
- Head, shoulders, middle and legs
Students fold over their image leaving a small indication of the continuation of the line for the following development. Working with the resulting image which has in put from at least four other students participants go on to develop a story directly from this or further development through a second round of writing or drawing.