Tag Archives: creative writing

Playwriting Workshop and Competition

The Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA) is launching a new playwriting initiative for Colorado high school students in the fall of 2013! The program will begin in late September and will accept one-act play submissions from October 1 through December 1. It is designed to advance and nurture Colorado’s promising young playwrights and developing theatre artists and audiences. “We have seen incredibly creative and provocative material coming from high school students,” said Director of Education, Tam Dalrymple Frye. “I wouldn’t be at all surprised if we discover the... Read More

Writing Tips from Neil Gaiman

Put one word after another, says Neil Gaiman. Write. Find the right word, put it down. Those are just a few choice selections from Gaiman’s Eight Rules of Writing, as featured on the Aerogramme Writers Studio. Of course there are more nuanced insights as well. We at The Big Brain Club are particularly fond of number 6: Fix it. Remember that, sooner or later, before it ever reaches perfection, you will have to let it go and move on and start to write the next thing. Perfection is like chasing... Read More

WRITING: Be a Rebel (Sort Of)

In many of my writing workshops I am flooded with shortcuts by students. That means that when given the chance to write something creative and interesting, a student will instead write the obvious paragraph, write the obvious dialogue, or write the obvious characteristics of their lead characters. I want you to take just a few moments, quit trying to hurry through your writing, and invest some quality thought into your story. When every other writer wants to make the cat black, why not make your cat a dirty yellow? When... Read More

WRITING: Hot, Hot, Hot!

When I first concocted this exercise, I was on a working vacation in Scottsdale, Arizona. The forecast when I woke up that morning said to expect temperatures to reach 116. Yes, 116 degrees. So how could I not focus on the heat? I immediately thought about a short story idea as I drove into Scottsdale on Highway 87. Before I entered one of the national forests here, I drove through a desert scene that looked like it was out of a movie. My mind began to play with the concept... Read More

WRITING: Mix Up That Sentence Structure!

Always remember that your primary obligation as a writer is to keep your reader from getting bored. You want them to turn the page! Here are a few thoughts on one way to accomplish that… One of the biggest sins that a writer will commit involves sentence structure. What does that mean? In this case, it’s all about the meter, or cadence. Imagine this: You’re reading a story that’s fairly interesting, where the plot and characters are pretty good, and you’re wondering how it will turn out. Then, something goes... Read More

Big Brain Club Student, Teacher Win Big

Horizon Community Middle School was an early partner of The Big Brain Club. In 2012, with the help of Horizon teachers and staffers, we published the creative writing of more than 60 of their students. Krista Schneider was one of those students. Her short story, ‘A Dog’s Life’, is a clever adventure tale told entirely from the perspective of a mischievous puppy. Since that time, Krista has continued to write — and her work is getting noticed. She recently won awards at the Post and District level of the VFW’s... Read More