Fearless Writing – Fiction
Fearless Writing encourages students to enjoy building imaginary characters and worlds through use of the skills honed in our series of fiction-writing lessons.
Our introductory lesson invites students to through the challenge of pairing realistic dialogue with realistic actions of their characters. This grounding in the physical reality of specific words and actions sets the momentum to the following lesson on creating believable characters to inhabit the story. One of the crucial skills in making characters believable is creating subtext when the characters speak, and the next lesson assists students with that sophisticated skill. Then students learn to pump up the power of their stories with a careful consideration and use of the differences between concrete detail and abstract language. Another fiction writing skill is creating a mood through conscious use of details, vocabulary, and actions, and the next lesson explores this strategy. The following lesson in creating a vivid setting gives characters a realistic location where the story unfolds that also becomes an extension of the character’s dilemma. With an emphasis on answering the question “Who is telling the story?”, the next lesson on point of view focuses on first person point of view and third person point of view. After practicing these skills in guided exercises and through feedback sessions with an adult, the students delve into the genre of science fiction which enables them to engage in world-building while also utilizing the full range of fiction-writing techniques presented in all the lessons.
Fearless Writers of Fiction will not forget that writing is fun! Joy and self-expression through the creative process will foster your child’s continued commitment to be a Fearless Writer.