It was a useful refresher for basic story structure, and a nice way for a newbie like me to start meeting other aspiring writers.
Teaching artist and education director Brian Malloy gave us a brief, 4-paragraph writing exercise that I'll definitely use again. It offers practice in moving through cycles of scene-summary-scene, and would be a good exercise to get the creative juices flowing before starting in on a bigger project.
Here it is:
- Paragraph 1: Write about a childhood memory as a vivid scene. Really emphasize sensory details.
- Paragraph 2: Begin with the words, "For the next ten years...."
- Paragraph 3: Begin with a line of dialogue (to move back into an active scene)
- Paragraph 4: Begin with the words, "After that" or "In the following weeks"