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The Artistry of Imaginative Writing



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Product Code: 978-1-921586-99-6

The Artistry of Imaginative Writing by Karen Yager

All too often students approach writing with trepidation and a reluctance to put pen to paper. We all have the potential to be creative and storytelling is an innate skill, yet too many individuals claim to be unable to write effectively. All students can write well when they are inspired and feel supported to take risks.

Imaginative writing like the finger paintings we all once did at school is messy. Students need to be reassured that writing in the initial stage is not perfect. It takes time, effort and practice to achieve artistry and the process is iterative.

This book gives students the opportunity and support through examples and technical information to reimagine, redraft and refine their writing, and become increasingly confident and proficient writers.


Aiming for artistry

Permission to play and experiment with writing                                                

Harnessing the power of language                                                                              

Verbs, the muscles of writing                                                                                               

The art of syntax                                                                                                                    


The art of story-telling

Begin with vignettes   

Key aspects of the narrative writing process   

Complication or Problem   


Enriching and improving narrative writing   


Poetry to stimulate and inspire writing

Capturing the details of life   

The sound and rhythm of language   

Tapping into emotions   

Telling stories through poetry   

Being creative with poetry   

Creative non-fiction

Content based on interests, passions or personal experiences   

Audience, purpose and form   

Point of view   


Creative non-fiction ideas

Owning the writing

Knowing our students

The positive and supportive learning environment

Narrative writing success checklist


Self and peer-critiquing