Creative Writing Tasks and Notes

Below are a selection of the notes and tasks we have used in class to develop our creative writing skills. There are also some additions that we have only skimmed over in class but could be useful for the students as a reference point.

Figurative Devices

A metaphor is a direct comparison that allows us to gain an understanding of a person or thing because of our knowledge of the shared trait.

Show, Not Tell!




Narrative Point of View




Extracts from the Experts



  • Using the second person narrative voice. We spent time getting used to using ‘you’ and ‘your’ and the second person. To start, we described our morning routine. From here, the students spent time ‘free-writing’ with the stipulation that their work must be in the second person.

Handy Links

Foreshadowing- a definition, description and examples.

Pobble 365- an engaging starting point for unleashing the imagination.

A nice blog post which has some handy hints on writing creatively.

A look at rich and imaginative settings from well-known authors.

A great look into writing descriptively- think show, not tell!

Posted by Renee Plunkett

Teacher of English at Mount Aspiring College, Wanaka, New Zealand.

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