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Writing Forum | WritersDigest.com • Pantsing : Writers' Block Party • Page 4 • Writing Forum | WritersDigest.com
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Re: Pantsing

PostPosted: Thu Apr 06, 2017 3:36 pm
by ostarella

Re: Pantsing

PostPosted: Thu Apr 06, 2017 3:53 pm
by williamadams

Re: Pantsing

PostPosted: Thu Apr 06, 2017 3:55 pm
by pls
Not learning how to write in college? You must have avoided the English department. I thought I knew how to write fiction until I took a course from Keith Denniston at Emporia State, "Fiction and the Art of Criticism". We wrote a short story about every week, and my first attempt was so bad that he read it aloud to the class and poked holes in it. I ended up auditing the class a second time so I could pick up what I'd missed the first time. Served me well through 34 years of teaching language arts (not to mention 13 1/2 novels).

Re: Pantsing

PostPosted: Thu Apr 06, 2017 4:12 pm
by williamadams

Re: Pantsing

PostPosted: Thu Apr 06, 2017 6:07 pm
by ostarella
We had creative writing classes in high school. I think that's where I learned that writing wasn't just reports and bibliographies and cites, etc. And even though I don't write poetry any more, those were the sections where I learned to experiment and really think out of the box, which then carried over to prose writing. I consider myself very lucky that our school offered those classes. Didn't take any in college - at that point in time I never considered writing to be more than a hobby and you don't spend college funds on hobbies :cry:

Re: Pantsing

PostPosted: Thu Apr 06, 2017 6:15 pm
by williamadams

Re: Pantsing

PostPosted: Thu Apr 06, 2017 6:35 pm
by Lbeauchesne
We had creative writing as part of our English classes in secondary school. Even in primary school (sorry, I don't know the equivalents outside UK) I remember having to write poems and short stories based on a theme that we had been learning about. Not sure that sort of thing is still part of the UK curriculum, but it was in the 80's/90's.
We had to do fantasy, romance, ghost story, a mock trial of Lady Macbeth, newspaper articles about school events/news.
We always got feedback, telling us what we did well and what didn't work and ideas of how to improve it.
As I say, that was my experience of school in the UK, different curriculum.

Re: Pantsing

PostPosted: Thu Apr 06, 2017 6:43 pm
by ostarella
[quote="williamadams"]you went to a fancier HS than i did [/quote]

Actually, it was cinder block and tile; my graduating class had 73 students - and we were one of the bigger classes.

Re: Pantsing

PostPosted: Thu Apr 06, 2017 8:43 pm
by williamadams

Re: Pantsing

PostPosted: Thu Apr 20, 2017 10:14 am
by pls