Writing Resources

The Creative Writing Club at Penn Highlands spent two semesters sharing our favorite writing aids and sources of inspiration with one another. With a new semester just beginning, it’s a good time to gather all those helpful resources in one place. Share your favorite writing tools down in the comments! Not sure what to write about? The Time Is Now offers three writing prompts every week in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Abulafia collects random generators for pretty much any facet of storytelling you could ask for to help jump-start your writing. Story Cubes and Nanofictionary were favorite storytelling games at our writing club … Continue reading Writing Resources

Minutes from March 4, 2019 Meeting

Yesterday we wrapped up our workshop from last week and did a little brainstorming with the writers. Afterward we talked about the four basic types of writing: expository, descriptive, narrative, and persuasive writing. The first three types are crucial elements of fiction writing, and exposition was a frequent topic in this workshop—some of our stories could have benefited from a little more of it, others from a little less or some fine-tuning of what was there. It’s not always easy to tell when you need more exposition to fuel your story and when your exposition is bogging everything down. There … Continue reading Minutes from March 4, 2019 Meeting

Minutes from Oct 26, 2018 Meeting

Yesterday we met to discuss plans for next week’s Haunted Open Mic. Decorations are on deck and food will be provided. Gloom was a big hit at Gaming Night and is a perfect fit for Halloween, so we’ll be breaking that out again. Now we just need you, your writing, and an audience. A couple of us shared new ghost stories and it sounds like everyone else is hard at work on theirs. I can’t wait to hear what you’ve all come up with! No new writing challenge this week, as we’re shifting our focus from writing to polishing in … Continue reading Minutes from Oct 26, 2018 Meeting

Online Writing Resources

Recently a few of us met and were discussing writing tools–or toys, in some cases. We played a few storytelling games–Nanofictionary and Story Cubes–to get things flowing and talked about how useful these sorts of games can be for creating a low-pressure opportunity for a writer to break out of their comfort zone and practice writing outside the box. I thought I’d make a space here to share a few other storytelling tools I’ve used in the past. If coming up with ideas is where you struggle, The Time Is Now offers weekly writing prompts in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. … Continue reading Online Writing Resources