And in that moment, I swear we were infinite
Main Project: Creative Writing – Genre Writing Young Adult Fiction
Our aim is to explore how teenagers are represented, both on screen and in prose. We will begin by looking at one of my favourite films, Stand By Me, adapted from the Stephen King short story The Body. We will then look at a selection of texts including The Catcher in The Rye; Submarine; How I Live Now; I am the Cheese; The Knife that Killed Me and The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Not only will we explore the grammar and codes and conventions of this genre, we will also participate in frequent creative writing workshops, where our aim will be to emulate style of established writers, making it our own.
This will lead to your first submission of creative writing coursework for your iGCSE in English Language, where you will write the opening of your own Young Adult Novel. 800 words maximum.
Synthesis You will also explore and recreate established pieces of writing within this genre through creative writing workshops.
Depth Through exploration of established writing, you will develop an understanding of the grammar of Young Adult fiction: the use of visual clues to establish a character’s personality; showing vs. telling; how ‘time-bombs’ might be identified and indicate the potential development of the plot.
Choice there will be a variety of tasks available with varying levels of challenge that students will complete whilst analysing established pieces of writing from this genre.
You will also be expected to read at least one Young Adult novel through your time on this unit.
We will explore the given stimulus through informal debate. You will also be given the opportunity to present your work to your peers for constrictive feedback.