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Penny Tangey: Creative Diary Writing

Session Info:

A diary can take many forms, from pages of text per day to a one-line ‘quote of the day’. These styles can be an interesting personal record, or form the basis of a creative fiction work.

The session begins with looking at some examples of fictional and real diaries.

Students then choose a style of diary and write either about their own life, or a fictional person in that format.


  • Ideas for diary formats
  • Telling a story through diary writing
  • Character development in diary writing and the unreliable narrator.

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