Dante Revisited

Dante Revisited #1Last year, the family embarked on a new adventure in our learning: alter egos. Were we all going crazy? Perhaps all those rumors about homeschoolers are true! Calm your nerves… we were simply exploring the fun world of creative writing, along with some help from Dante’s Wardrobe.

We enjoyed our adventure so well we thought we’d give it another whirl. We have updated our personalities, received new mailboxes (well, some of us), and begun a new chapter in our literary adventure.

So… who are we this timeAllow me to introduce our latest cast of characters:

  • Calaena (Me) – I am a French mademoiselle who travels with a famous circus. I train cats, not the small ones mind you, but the large kitties. I adore all who adore my cats and treat them with the utmost respect and care. I very much enjoy traveling the world and adding to my collection of tea cups.
  • Jake Brodie (hubby) – A classic noir detective who solves the most baffling of riddles. His latest caper: Trying to discover who stole the cookies from the cookie jar.
  • Bess Hay (Trinity) – Time traveler extraordinaire; she searches through time looking for new adventures and mysteries to solve. She likes all things steam punk.
  • Chloe (Noel) – The owner of an amazing menagerie of creatures; each more fantastical than the next. Looking for a flying hippogriff? She’s got it!
  • Emma (Angelina) – An animal fairy; she guards all her little creatures and experiments with fun recipes to offer her furry friends.
  • Red Bird (JAG) – Charging through our universe with the intent of ridding the world of evil pigs; Red Bird likes attacking tall buildings and is attempting to become the first Jedi bird.

As you can see, we have quite a range of characters in our little “club”. There is nothing too far-fetched and nothing that can’t be done.

Dante Revisited #2

Our goal: One contribution to a mailbox per week. We usually go well beyond this though; sometimes it’s hard to keep up with six people exchanging letters all week. My mailbox is full minutes after I empty it!

Many thanks to Judith Jablonski over at Dante’s Wardrobe. Her ideas are fantastic; truly an inspiration. (To read all about how we started our adventure in creative writing, take a look at our series, DANTE’S WARDROBE, for details and ideas.)

Dante Revisited #3Now for additional fun… How would you like to participate? Pick an alter ego and “build your character”, then send me a private message about wanting to join in the fun. Our people will get in contact with your people.

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A Writing Adventure

Cargo Bay LetterComing up with fun, creative writing exercises can sometimes be a chore. Sure we can come up with a myriad of ideas, but our children usually hate them or grow bored quickly. If you are looking for an exciting way to encourage creative writing, might I make a suggestion?

The ideas over at Dante’s Wardrobe will fulfill much of what you would want in a creative writing course! It is much more than just writing exercises; it is a writing adventure. With the thoughtful and detailed tips Ms. Ledeaux provides, you too can join in the fun.

Using the ideas listed at Dante’s Wardrobe, your family can create their own “characters” and then interact with others via post. There are various activities that can help you get the most out of your experience; creating your own mailboxes and your own letterhead are just a few. Stack of Letter

Creative writing is an important part of learning. Suzanne Alicie over at eHow Mom, explains the importance of creative writing. For example, it encourages imagination, teaches discipline and persuasiveness, and aids grammar skills.

LetterAll week long I plan to unfold our family’s personal journey, influenced by Dante’s Wardrobe. I will share how we created our characters, mailboxes, and more. Follow along and then join in the fun!

Do you have a special way to encourage creative writing? What does your family write about?