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writeideas...   Creative Writing ↔ Science

This creative writing pack deploys science as a spur for new work in prose or poetry. Developed by Mario Petrucci, Royal Literary Fund Fellow, the material is aimed at:

* Creative writing students and tutors * Adult writers
* Anyone working with science and poetry * English teachers in schools

These varied and accessible activities will be of value not only to students studying, or interested in, creative writing generally, but also to adult writers across the board. They are excellent for the classroom, enabling secondary school teachers to meet a variety of English National Curriculum targets. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________  

"The science is clear and by no means daunting; the step-by-step creative writing exercises are easy to follow. Trustworthy as a Delia Smith recipe."
Martyn Crucefix, Award-winning Poet / Head of English

"A stimulating, versatile and highly practical pack of exercises, using the most elementary scientific techniques to generate fresh ways of seeing and knowing... Extremely productive."
Peter Brennan, Publisher / Former Head of English
[ Formerly available at the  RLF  'writeideas'  site  at  "http://writeideas.org.uk/creativescience/" - which is now closed (2015 onwards) ]

... but you can still download the exercises using these new links (click on the title words in red, immediately below)...  

Introduction    /    Activity 1    /    Activity 2    /    Activity 3    /    Activity 4    /    Activity 5    /    Activity 6    /    [or download the   FULL pdf     HERE  ]  

Introduction: Aims, Apparatus, Method,
Observations, Conclusions...

Preparing to use this Activity Pack.

Activity 1: Watch that Title!
Transform science objects into new writing.
Quick, remarkable results.

Activity 2: Microscopes & Telescopes.
Zoom in, zoom out:
the writing benefits of precise observation.

Activity 3: Filters.
With the aid of a scientific ‘filter’,
put a fresh imaginative slant on everyday objects.

Activity 4: Five Questions.
Interview an irresistible chunk of science,
then let the element of chance make sparks fly.

Activity 5: Making the most of Randomness.
Grow weird or wonderful ‘cut-ups’
using random numbers.

Activity 6: Iteration and Evolution.
Watch a text evolve before your eyes…
use this to learn about editing.


copyright mario petrucci 2001