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Stephen King's Advice for Writers: "Read a Lot; Write a Lot"

April 14 and 15, 2004


Stephen King, a prolific and famous American writer, in his book On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft says, “If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.” In today’s class we will share information on our reading and discuss what can be learned about writing from our reading.

Pairs Discussion:

With your partner, discuss your personal reading habits. Explain what, why, and how you read.

Give one example for each partner of something that can be learned about writing from the reading you do (or have done). Be prepared to share your discussion with the class.

Class Discussion:

We will share and discuss our ideas in class and talk about the things we can learn from reading good writing.

Paragraph Assignment

Write a paragraph that describes your favourite reading material. Give one or two examples of writing taken from this reading and give some idea of what might be learned about the craft of writing from them.

Bring your completed work to class next week.




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