Narrative, Empathy and Creative Speech Writing

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In this workshop, a number of tiered creative speech writing exercises will be introduced that will help participants refine their empathy and storytelling abilities by imitating some of their favorite fictional characters. By drawing on the tradition of oral storytelling as an audience-centred practice, and taking examples from students' creative speeches, the presentation will demonstrate how this implied two-way communication process may motivate students to craft empathic responses using established rhetorical and persuasive speech writing techniques, whilst drawing from popular fictional universes as diverse as those of the Harry Potter books, The Hunger Games, Disney Princess movies, and the works of Shakespeare
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 17 May 2019
EventWriting Roundtable 2019: Storytelling in Academic and Creative Writing - The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China
Duration: 17 May 201917 May 2019 (Link to conference's website) (Link to conference's program list) (Link to conference's program file)


WorkshopWriting Roundtable 2019
CityHong Kong
OtherThe Writing Roundtable 2019 - Storytelling in Creative and Academic Writing - aspires to bring forth the need for employing narratives in our academic and writing careers. We do not necessarily think of storytelling when preparing for our academic writing lessons. We tend to be oblivious of the fact that research is often conducted to discover the stories underneath the various phenomena. Our pedagogies for academic writing have carefully been crafted to present reality as a fixed set of rules. In some disciplines, however, this cannot work. In social sciences, law and medicine, for example, case scenarios are used to mimic reality, in which stories are woven, sometimes, to protect the identities of the individuals involved. A pedagogy that utilises storytelling could, therefore, bring the rather cut-and- dried world of academic writing classrooms to life and bridge the gap between the humanities and the sciences, the arts and mathematics. Writing is storytelling. As creative writers, we have much to contribute to teaching and learning of writing. Human minds engage with stories like nothing else. The narrative texts and poems that fill the shelves of bookshops and libraries need to become part of our classrooms and to adorn our students’ bedside tables. We teach writing, but do we do enough to develop our readers early on? If we do not think of ways to use narratives within our classrooms, how will we cultivate a generation that reads and values erudition? How can students even express themselves in writing, if they do not read? So how can we do this? How can we weave narratives into our lesson plans? How can we learn about the stories our students are inspired by? How do we ignite our students' passion for stories that surround them so that they become engaging writers and storytellers?
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