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Creative Writing Cookbook

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Over 60 engaging and selected exercises that will give you an insight how creative writing might contribute to the development of competences and group dynamics. Also includes tips for facilitating creative writing sessions and breaking writer's blocks.

Aims of the tool

This toolkit was created with the aim to give you an opportunity to try out different creative writing tasks, broaden your imagination and gain inspiration for new methods to use in your own work. It was designed for people working with young people - teachers, youth workers, non-formal education trainers and facilitators -who are looking for new ways to engage young people and provide them with opportunities and challenges for personal and professional growth.

Description of the tool

Creative writing is a great learning tool, a means to explore the world around us and challenge assumptions. Creative writing exercises and workshops offer much more than just the training of writing skills. In professional life, creative writing might help you find new ways of presenting knowledge and experience to various target groups, and to improve your skills of persuasion. For educators, creative writing provides a great way to broaden the curriculum and give students new, different challenges. Creative writing enhances our imagination and understanding of strategies that help us to create original ideas and new solutions to challenges we face. Thinking about personal growth, creative writing also provides us with a means to become more comfortable with sharing our own thoughts, to get to know oneself better, to explore our own strengths, how to get in touch with feelings, as well as to improve self-confidence and self-esteem.

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Tool overview

Creative Writing Cookbook

This tool addresses

Group Dynamics, Intercultural Learning, Personal Development, Evaluation

It is recommended for use in:

Training and Networking

Behind the tool

The tool was created by

Inese Priedite and Ilona Olehlova

in the context of

This booklet was produced within a strategic partnership project "Creative Learning Cookbook" implemented with financial support from European Commission. More information:

The tool has been experimented in

A large part of the exercises included in this toolkit were tested or developed during the international training course "Creative Writing+". More information and participants' feedback:

The tool was published to the Toolbox by

Inese Minsi (on 17 August 2016)

and last modified

16 August 2016

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