Zooming In and Zooming Out.

22 Jun

Welcome to Monday’s Muse! Every Monday morning of the school term in 2014,¬†Write Away With Me posts an open ended writing and/or storytelling activity that you can try with your class or your children at home.

“There are some things that are real, that you can see, that you can observe, like the moon, and grass and things. But for ideas to become real, they have to be played on your senses. They have to come through you. And that act brings them into the world.”

Jane Campion

I love that quote. It highlights the importance of thinking and dreaming and imagining, before we start writing. This activity takes writers on a sensory journey and encourages them to fire up their senses to recreate a setting and/or object.


Take an A4 piece of paper and turn it to landscape position. Draw a rectangle (12 x 20 cms) in the middle of your page. Make sure there is enough space for words and phrases around the inner rectangle.


Think of a place you know well. If there is one object that reminds you of this place, what would it be? Zoom in close on this object. Sketch the object in the centre box. Look closely and see what else is in the picture in your head. Sketch that in the centre box too.


In the outer space, at the top and sides of your page, use your senses to write words and phrases that tell about the object.What is it? How does it feel? How does it smell? Taste? Texture?


Now zoom out into the background of your thoughts, how do you feel when you are in that place? Write down words and phrases to describe your feelings.


Find a writing buddy. Tell you partner all about the scene you have sketched and why the object is important. Ask your partner to listen carefully and ask you some questions.


Write down the questions your partner asks you. Think about them and write some notes in reply. You can always use the back of your page if you run out of space.


Read through your words, phrases, feelings and other notes. Use these to create a short piece or poem, describing your object or the setting you have brought to life on your page.

Happy writing!

After 25 years teaching experience, from Early Childhood to VCE, Beth Cregan combined her passion for books, writing and storytelling to launch ‘Write Away With Me’. Now in its fourth year, Write Away With Me offers a wide range of original and creative storytelling and writing workshops across Victoria. Our high energy workshops cover a wide range of writing styles/genres and a flexible approach, means it’s possible to tailor the experience to match the needs of your students and your school. Interested in booking a workshop for your class? Check out the range of storytelling and writing workshops today! Workshops for secondary classes and Professional Development programs are also popular


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