RESTORATIVE JUSTICE LINKS
For those of you interested in restorative justice, here are a few links you might check out:
14 WRITING TECHNIQUES FOR JOURNALING
1. Sentence Stem. A sentence-completion process. Fill in the blank with a word or phrase. May be very universal (Right now I feel———-) or highly customized to an individual’s immediate question, problem or interest.
2. Five-Minute Sprint. A timed writing process designed to bring focus and intensity in short bursts. Excellent for those who are resistant or aversive to journal writing, or who are uncertain about how to start, or who state they do not have time to write journals.
3. Inventory. An assessment of life balance in major areas of living (health, family, home, work, spiritual/religious, emotional well-being, etc.) Gives a quick picture of which life areas might need attention.
4. Structured Write. A series of Sentence Stems grouped and sequenced to reveal consistently deepening layers of information and awareness.
5. Clustering. Visual free-association from a central word or phrase. Lines and circles connect key thoughts and associations to the central core. Work quickly to maximize results. A brief writing to synthesize findings may follow.
6. Lists of 100. A list of 100 items, many of which will probably be repetitions, on a predetermined theme or topic. Repetition is an important part of the process. Topics can be about any current issue (for example: 100 Things I’m Sad About; 100 Things I Need or Want to Do; 100 Places I Would Like to See). At the end of the list, group the responses into themes and synthesize the information.
7. Alphapoem. Write the alphabet, A-Z, or any collection of letters, vertically down the side of a page. Then write a poem in which each successive line begins with the next letter. Excellent for groups as it promotes a high level of participation and sharing. Adolescents and reluctant writers respond well.
8. Captured Moments. Vignettes capturing the sensations of a particularly meaningful or emotional experience. Written from the senses with strong descriptors. Captured Moments of beauty, joy, blessing, calm can add balance, hope and perspective to a challenging time.
9. Unsent Letters. A metaphoric communication to another that is written with the specific intention that it will not be shared.
10. Character Sketch. A written portrait of another person or of an aspect of the self. Can also be written about emotions by personifying an emotion and giving it a characterization – an appearance, a style of dress, a personality and temperament.
11. Dialogue. A metaphoric conversation written in two voices. Anyone or anything is an appropriate dialogue partner. There is no constriction by time, space, physical reality or literal voice.
12. Perspectives. An alteration in point of view that provides a different perspective on an event or situation.
13. Springboard. A free-write with a prompt. Starting a free-write with the smallest structure of a question, thought or topic can focus and frame the writing session.
14. Free Writing. Unboundaried, unstructured, unpaced narrative writing. Useful for creative flow or spontaneous writing sessions. Can be structured by adding a time limit or page limit.
Embracing the Weird
Science fiction brings a new perspective to the world around us and taps into our weird side, exploring the depths of our imagination. Incorporate it into your lesson for a mind-bending experience.
Many of us spend the first five or so minutes of our workshop warming up with some free writing. Ever wonder why? Here is an interesting article on its benefits.
The CLC has compiled a list of handouts that explain how to write on all kinds of different subjects. These handouts can be helpful as a writer and facilitator, take a look!
Here is a list of writing prompts compiled by the CLC, pass them out to writers to get ideas flowing throughout the week!
Near the end of the semester? Here is an archive that contains a huge list of prompts large enough to sustain an eager writer for several months!
Training for Change
Training for Change provides great ideas for workshops on diversity, team building, organization, nonviolent action and more.
Need a good resource for poetry?
Academy of American Poets is a website where you can browse talented poets and their poetry, find thought-provoking essays, read the Poem-a-Day, Materials for Teachers (lots of great pre-made lesson plans), or click on Stanza, which is updated weekly to feature small articles on well-known writers, state-of-the-art programs happening in poetry, newly published books, and films.
Center for Digital Storytelling
Looking for a way to share your story? These guys do custom projects and work around the world to share stories. Their services include help with professional, personal, reflective, educational, community advocacy, and many more first-person narratives. They also do workshops around the country.
American Prison Writing Archive | DHi – Digital Humanities Initiative
“an in-progress, internet-based, digital archive of non-fiction essays that will offer the public first-hand testimony to the living and working conditions experienced by prisoners, prison employees, and prison volunteers”
Anyone who lives, works, or volunteers inside American prisons can contribute work to the APWA.
Creating Writing and Digital Projects
Curious about ways to bring technology into the writing classroom?
The Lizzie Bennet Diaries – a reimagining of Jane Austin’s Pride and Prejudicethrough a series of vlogs by college student Lizzie Bennet. The episodes range from two to four minutes, so they make for a quick watch. The series won the 65th Primetime Creative Arts Emmy for Outstanding Creative Achievment in Interactive Media and it’s a great way to make Austin more accessible to your writers.
Prison Dancer: The Musical- an original interactive musical web series inspired by the viral YouTube phenomenon, the “Dancing Inmates of Cebu.” Featuring a cast of YouTube stars and some amazing Filipino talent. A great LGBTQ experience to bring for discussion.
Inanimate Alice- a multimodal fiction that begins with an eight year old Alice and will span to her mid-twenties. In 2012, Inanimate Alice was named Best Website for Teaching & Learning by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL). It includes interactive games and problem solving. Offers excellent discussion of the theme of time and aging.
The Journal Ladder describes a continuum of journal therapy techniques, starting with the ones that have the most structure, pacing and containment, and ending with the ones that have the least.
This article uses journal writing as a way to self-supervise, prepare for meetings with supervisors, supervise in a group of peers, as a way of working with countertransference, to keep clients stories separate from our own, to capture moments, and decompress.