All righty, we've had three creative writing classes and so far many of us have conducted Experiment #1 -- which is to try to write a picture book.
First, I walked the students through my Tips on Writing Picture Books...
Second, I suggested that they follow certain guidelines so that their story will fit into a 31-32 page book. (They don't need to do any illustrations... but they should make the text illustrator-friendly.)
Third, I mentioned that picture books are usually for children, but that there are some hilarious picture books just for grown-ups.
And finally, I told them to have fun.
Some of the students' Writing Experiments have been posted on their blogs. Here are some of the ones that I have discovered. Check them out and leave these folks an encouraging comment!
"The Dog Who Pooped Like a Cat" -- How can you resist a title like that?
"Where Are My Toys?" offers a very imaginative explanation as to where our favorite items disappear to... (The answer might have something to do with small purple elephants.)
"Penelope Jones - On The Case" -- a lively main character who solves mysteries around the house. But my favorite part is that she has a turtle named lightning.
"Deep Within the Forest" is beautiful and hypnotic... I could see this being developed into a lovely book to read at bedtime.
If you have a blog that features a picture book text that you'd like to share, leave a link in the comments section.
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Writing Experiment #2: Write an original song... OR.... a parody of an existing song. (Get in touch with your inner Weird Al.)