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

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Janine Cammarata – The Writer’s Journal: A Guide to Creating Characters to Build Stories

BOCES ID

367

For

3-5, Middle school, High school

Categories

Creative Writing, Storytelling

Curriculum

ELA, The Arts

Costs

$100 per session
$500 per day
Keynote Speaker–Contact author for price
Multiple days–Contact author for price
Journaling program for students or teachers–Contact author for price and description.

Dates Available

Throughout the school year.

Program Theme

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

Program Description

Inspiration for creating characters is all around us. Introduce journal writing to record daily observations and collect data, facts, and ideas—people, the world, setting, recording details, dreams, feelings, and news. Learn to listen and pay attention to the world around us.

  • Activities:
    Use writing examples from my series, The Puzzle Quests: Shimmer’s Eggs & Saving Atlantis
    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

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