In case any of you are looking for something to do with your teens…
I started a creative writing group back in February and it’s slowly grown to about 6-7 teens that come every month. The first meeting was knock-out – I think I had 10 teens at that one, but they dwindled down to 3-4 each month after that. We’ve recently picked up three more girls, so we’re now a mix of about 4-5 girls and 2 guys.
We decided at the first meeting that instead of critiquing and editing each other’s work, we’d rather do writing exercises to strengthen our own writing. That’s worked really well and I’ve been finding different exercises for them to do each month. We’ve done dialogue, characterization, point of view, and some are just free for alls, ie. here’s the prompt, write away! When the meeting is done, anyone who wants to share is open to do so, but I never make anyone share if they don’t want to.
The teens have told me how much they enjoy this group and like it better than English class. I reminded them this group was able to focus on the fun parts of writing while their teachers had to get in the technical stuff too! 😉
*We meet once a month, for an hour. I provide writing notebooks (got them really cheap at Target when they were clearing out their back-to-school stuff), pencils, water, and snacks. They provide the stories.