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To write a successful parody it is essential to understand the structure and conventions of the writing being parodied. This workshop gets students to analyse a simple piece of writing and to have fun parodying it.
The session begins with a discussion of what parody is illustrated by a parody quiz with fake and real parodies.
The students then analyze the structure and conventions of a picture book, for example, Usborne’s That’s Not My… series and write parodies of the book. For longer sessions, students rewrite the story as a parody of another genre.
This workshop can be adapted to suit older or younger students by changing the text being parodied.
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 […]
Penny talks about how she became a writer. From her first attempt at writing a novel in Grade Four (it was only 500 words), to hating creative writing in high school, to getting Loving Richard Feynmanpublished. The talk includes examples of Penny’s writing when growing up including parodies and her diaries. Topics: Writing in primary and […]