Putting our characters in a box

I recently wrapped up an artist-in-residence program where I helped teens develop characters through a series of prop-building projects. This was such a success that I decided to migrate a version of this project over to one of my creative writing classes that I teach through CWC.

In this class, the tween and teen students are writing individual novels over a twenty-week period. To help them better conceive their characters, I had them work on a complementary project, which was to create a miniature kit containing items that were crucial to their characters’ emotional journeys.

I’ve been delighted to see many of these items find their way into the students’ stories; they are now able to enrich their narrative with interesting items and—best of all—the authors know exactly what those items look like.

Here are just a few of the photos of the character kits . . . and, naturally, some of this project spilled over into building other props!


One thought on “Putting our characters in a box

  1. I just found your blog and your work with the artist-in-residence program is amazing. Your character creation posts have inspired some new plans in a writing program I’m working on for a library. I do have a question if you don’t mind. Did you tell your students at the beginning about the box project so it grew alongside the characters or was it something they worked on later in the process as more of a reflection?

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