Writing stories helps students understand fiction, and also challenges them to learn a wider range of language strategies and written structures. This lecture will give you reasons for teaching fictional writing, strategies for connecting reading and writing fiction, and simple, skills-based creative-writing exercises for students at various levels. Most of us teach students to read fiction, but fewer teach writing it - this lecture will help. The companion book "Creative Writing Classroom Guide" will be published by Natur & Kultur in late 2018.
Kevin Frato is an author and educator from the US who currently teaches English 5-7, as well as college courses in writing. He has a background as a journalist, artist, art teacher, translator, editor, and author of fiction and non-fiction. He has taught in the US, Sweden, and Italy, and his goal is to make English classes around the world richer and more engaging.