Creative Writing

Habits of Mind

Drama Unit

“It’s hard enough to write a good drama, it’s much harder to write a good comedy, and it’s hardest of all to write a drama with comedy. Which is what life is.”  Jack Lemon
  1. Writing Real Life Drama
  2. Writing a Play: A Writing Workshop
  3. Secrets to Writing Good Dialogue
Update: The contest deadline has been extended to June 15!It starts with an idea…Send us your idea for a 10-minute play inspired by this year’s theme. Include characters, setting, and as much of the story as you can – beginning, middle and end. If your idea is chosen, we’ll help with the rest.
This year’s theme is:
Where Water Meets LandWhat stories can be found where
two different worlds meet?

Stories built on solid ground…
Stories of sinking down…
What happens when things collide?
In the in-between, what mysteries hide?
Enter in one of three ways:

  1. Fill out the online entry form *
  2. Email your idea to,
  3. mail it to Hartford Stage Education, ATTN: Write On! 50 Church Street, Hartford, CT 06103.
WRITE ON is open to all Connecticut residents between the ages of 13 and 19. You may enter as many times as you wish, but please, only one idea per entry form. Entries may be in English or Spanish.* Please note: We experienced technical difficulties with our online form prior to May 15. If you used the online form before May 15, please resend your entry. We will confirm all entries to the online form within 5 days of your submission via email.

Questions? Give us a call at 860-520-7206.

The scholars’ blogs:























Readings for homework

Please take a look at the following sites and respond to them in your blog. They are meant help you develop your stories better and your comments will help me develop a good collection for other creative writers.

After viewing the video Amy Tan on Creativity, respond to it in a blog post.

First, sumamarize what her 18 minute speech was about and then comment about what you thought were significant moments in the speech that made you think of how you view creativity.  Due on Monday, Feb. 2

  1. Round Characters
  2. Top 10 Questions for Creating Believable Characters
  3. Character Development Tips (oh yeah, this is a good read)
  4. Creating the perfect setting for writing fiction
  5. Setting

Check out Google Lit Trips and start creating ideas about using it for your own storytelling adventures.

Fall Semester Scholar Blogs:

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