Friday, September 1, 2017

Creative Writing, a way to enjoy literature

         2017 Educational Symposium- New Orleans- USA
AKD – INTERNACIONAL - ADK – ETA - Cuernavaca - México

Creative Writing, a Way to Enjoy Literature
by Marli Camargo

The purpose of this workshop is to undertake some reflection concerning the importance of creative writing. We will explore how teachers can develop and teach a creative narrative based on their own environment for children and adults.
What is Literature?

According to the Dictionary of literary terminology, literature is:
  • An act of communication between the emissary (author), the message (text) and the receptor (public). 
  • Art, reading and writing and also the basic disciplines of culture: Grammar and rhetoric. 
Calderon, 2000 (Breve Diccionario de términos literários)
What matters to the reader?

According to Proust, what matters to the readers are:

...words that cause emotions like anguish, a feeling of rejection, darkness, being abandoned.

These kinds of words matter to all humans from the duchess, the princess, the diplomatic, the writers, the soldiers, the painters etc. (Hirieart, page. 10).

Through creative writing the reader can:
  • Travel among the words
  • Meet the main protagonists
  • Experience the environment
  • Visit faraway places or the same space where you are while traveling back and forward in time
  • Reflect, live, create and give their own opinion

Basic elements to help writing Practicing writing
  • Reading constantly 
  • Utilize the words in an artistic way 
  • Identify the meaning 
  • Identify the content

How to approach to a creative writing?

Sensorial memory
Use words as:
1- Onomatopoeia  ( imitate the sound)  
2- Symbols –  (ex: - citizenship of heaven)
3- Abstracts thoughts- (thinking that is coherent and logical )

How to approach writing curiosity?
  • The secret of writing 
  • The details ( people, the actions, the thoughts, the desire) 
  • Figurative language
  1.  similes (like or as)
  2.  metaphors –Make one from yourself 
  3.  images- example children´s books    

How to feed the muse?
  • Experiences from our own lives.
  • Our reactions towards these experiences;
  • The facts, names, dates,  emotions, passions, memories, etc. 
For example:
1- The excitement of reading different poems or exploring old libraries.
2- Note keeping
3- Starting from “..I remember... ”

Where can I get inspiration?
  •  the diversity of people lives;
  •  the weather;
  •  the flavors of the food;
  •  the culture (traditions, the beliefs);
  • the place you live;
Example - Simple things like onions (see Pablo Neruda, The Onion)

The writing adventure

I would compare the process to a journey of traveling to somewhere for the first time.
For instance, having only a slight idea about the place that you will be to visiting;
According to Bachelard, the writing adventure is “ experiment the sensations and emotions that the person has felt in relation to the place where she is”. (Gonzales, 9)

Creative writing

Brings a sense of belonging to the place such as:
A city, the streets, the plazas, the historic centers and to the neighborhoods;
It creates a sense of identity;
Making you or the reader a part of the community, 

The importance of space in creative writing 

In creative writing you can create your own space;
Space gives us the power to be near the people of the community and also to show our identities from other communities ;
Gives the opportunity to learn about heritages, natural resources and the regions where you come from or live;
It involves different sectors such as: cultural, touristic and social;

Creative writing and the sustainability

Creative writing has sustainability because the author can cooperate with the community in different ways like work with:
Illustrator and editorials; 
Government and micro-entrepreneurs;
Schools and families; 
It encourages the writer to involve him/herself to different sectors such as cultural, touristic and social.
Schools, families, and hospitals.

How to apply it to children literature?

Have a look at the author´s book  "Cuernavaca - The Eterna Primaveraby Marli Camargo 


Through a creative writing many things can happen:
  • you can become famous and travel around talking about it;
  •  cooperate with a sustainable society;
  • teach the children and adults  how to do that;
  • The adults  can be encouraged to write and involve themselves to different sectors such as cultural, touristic and social
  • It encourages the writer  to involve him/herself to different sectors;
  • It creates a sense of identity;
  • Making you or the reader a part of the community


Calderón, Demetrio Estébanez, 2000 Breve Diccionario de Términos Literarios – Alianza Editorial
Hiriart, Berta Guijosa Marcela, 2015- Taller Escritura Creativa – Paidós - México 
Gonzales, Diego Sánchez, Moreno, Luis Angel – 2014 ‘Identidad y Espacio Publico- Gedisa Editorial-Barcelona 
Camargo, Marli - 2012 - Como o turismo pode ser usado para a aprendijagem   da cultura mexicana na região de Cuernavaca - Morelos – Universidad de León- España