Welcome to Cre8tive Havoc

The Motherblog for the students in room 2B1 at Sturgeon Heights Collegiate.

Free Reading Fridays

“Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.” -Lemony Snicket

A BYOD Classroom

All devices welcomed!

Newspaper Blackout Poetry

"Creativity through subtraction" -Austin Kleon.

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Virtual Book Chat

Use this link to share the questions, comments, predictions and text connections you have while reading "The Buried Life".


Monday, 26 May 2014

Social Fiction "Hand In"

At long last it is here-  today is the day your Social Fiction Project is due!  You will be publishing your SF project in two places- on your blog, and here in the comments section. Use the comments section below to post the link to your blog where you've posted your Social Fiction. See my comment below for an example of how to post your links.

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Creating Dialogue


Remember those visual writing prompts I had you find last week? Today we are going to be using them to create a dialogue.  Your purpose for this dialogue is to highlight character/personality of the people in the visual.

Things to note:

· There must be at least two people participating in this dialogue.

·  Each person must speak at least five times.

·  Descriptive tags should be utilized to describe how people spoke.

· Focus on what the characters say AND how they say it.

· Correct dialogue formatting must be used.

Need a visual to help you write? Try these gentlemen:


Or these young ladies:

Formatting Dialogue

Formatting Dialogue- Using Quotation Marks

  • Punctuation is always inside the quotation marks



  • Never use two periods in one sentence.

“I went to the store.”


“I went to the store,” he said.

  • Interrupted Quotes:

“I think,” he said, “that it will be fun.”


“I think it will be fun,” he said.  “More fun that last time.”

  • New Speaker=New Paragraph

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Field Trip!

The best way to learn about how to write dialogue effectively, is to go out and observe dialogue in it's natural habitat! Your mission is to go out into the school and eavesdrop in on a conversation. Listen to the conversation for about 10 minutes, record the content and your observations.  Make your notes as specific as possible as we will be debriefing as a class upon your return.

Happy Creeping!

Discuss the dialogue that you overhead:

1. Talk about the process of eavesdropping:

i. Where did you go?
ii. How long did you listen to conversation?
iii. Who was it between?
iv. How did it feel to be recording the conversation?

2. What insights did you gain about the way people speak?

3. How can you apply this to your writing?

4. How is personality and character revealed through conversation/dialogue?

5. What happens when more than two people participate in a conversation?

6. What was the most surprising thing you’ve learned about the way people converse?

7. What are the differences and similarities between written and spoken conversations?

Finished assignment = 350 words. Post it here in the comments, and on your blog.

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

May 13- Solitary Confinement

(1) What did you do/write/create today?
(2) What did you learn (About yourself, your story, your writing, etc.)

Monday, 12 May 2014

May 12- Solitary Confinement

(1) What did you do/write/create today?
(2) What did you learn (About yourself, your story, your writing, etc.)

Thursday, 8 May 2014

Solitary Confinement

For today's class you will be working on your writing project.  If you have selected to do Newspaper Blackout Poetry, you should be "shopping for images" to help you create your trio of poems.  If you have selected to do Social Fiction, then you should be looking for a story seed (consider your story molecules, or the IO9 visual prompts we explored in class yesterday).  at the end of class you will be coming back to the room to post a comment here that addresses the following two questions:

(1) What did you do/write/create today?
(2) What did you learn (About yourself, your story, your writing, etc.)

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Visual Writing Prompts

Personal Addition of the Day

Choose Your Own Project Adventure: Option B- Social Fiction

Social Fiction is a form of writing that combines a traditional short story with the modern narrative of Social Media.  You will be creating a Social Fiction story. You may work alone, or with a partner. 

- Short story based on a visual prompt
- 500-1000 words in length (feel free to exceed this word count)
- Includes examples of: imagery, dialogue, and non-verbal body language, “so what” and any other writing techniques discussed in class.

- You will create an actual social media profile for plot- or character(s) - of your short story.

- Choose the social media platform of your choice: Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, Blog, Facebook.

- Must have at least 20 posts/tweets/pins etc.

- Visuals must be created by YOU!! No stealing from the internet!!!

The social media portion of your project must integrate clearly with the story of your plotline. The social media is not just a visual supplement, it is the story too.

Looking for examples? Here's the Social Fiction created by last semester's students:


Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Choose Your Own Project Adventure: Option A- Newspaper Blackout Poetry

#newspaperblackoutpoetry #austinkleon #engchat #mbedu

Our next writing project involves "Creativity through Subtraction"

Here's two videos to give some background:

A sample of Austin Kleon's Blackout Poetry:
Creative Writing 101- By Austin Kleon

Some links to explore:

So here we go!
  • You are going to create a trio of Newspaper Blackout Poetry.
  • All poems in the trio must relate to one another through a common theme.
  • Each poem must have a title.
Ready, set, blackout!