PHILADELPHIA, PA, August 19, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Arnoud Fioole
, an active outdoorsman and writer, volunteers at an elementary school and teaches fifth and sixth graders how to construct short stories. Though he has little writing education, he is an avid reader and learned techniques from some of the best writing workshoppers in the country. He often offers prolific author quotes and other resources at his weekly workshops at North Boulder Elementary School.
"It seems that every one of my students has a personal writing hero or six," Arnoud Fioole says. "Every week, I try to bring in an appropriate short story or news article about a famous writer. A lot of what I tell the kids goes right over their heads, which is why I rely on short quotes and often ask them to find their own to share with the class."
Fioole designs his workshops around set objectives. These often include preparing a mini manuscript to send home after the program, writing 200 words a day, or creating a five minute play with his class. He believes that writing is a skill that is helpful in various ways even if students do not want to pursue a career in the profession of writing. Workers capable of communicating clear messages, for instance, are valued over their peers. Writing also helps students explore their imaginations and create something they cherish and share.
Fioole understands that writing in today's world is much different than it was a century ago. According to a recent article on the Huffington Post, prolific writer Joyce Carol Oates is an avid tweeter and loves to communicate with her fans through social media. In this fashion, Fioole hopes to combine his students' interests with their own writing.
"Social media is huge with writers these days," Arnoud Fioole says. "Joyce Carol Oates, among others like Neil Gaiman, use platforms like Twitter to share writing experiences and story ideas with broad audiences. I believe in the power of shared creativity and encourage my students to ask one another for help; this often creates competition, which is a natural driving force for successful writers."
The article, "Joyce Carol Oates Writing Advice: 10 Tips Tweeted By Author," pulled Oates' top writing tweets and compiled them into a list. When it comes to writing advice, according to Fioole, it's important to learn how to listen and not listen at the same time.
"Tips like 'revise' and 'think about the details' are great," Fioole says. "However, some writers think what they do is a breakthrough in the craft and they swear by their advice. For young writers, it is important to expose them to cross-genre tips and remind them of generalities like, 'You're the author, create what you want.'"
One of Oates' tips, "Read, observe, listen intently! As if your life depended upon it," is one endorsed by Fioole. He hopes to teach his students how to pull in their life experiences to help fuel their stories with imagination, detail, and personal style. "Write your heart out," another of Oates' tips, is a favorite of Arnoud Fioole.
moved out to Boulder, Colorado, to begin a new life more than a decade ago. He is an electrician by day, outdoor enthusiast by weekend, and enjoys teaching writing workshops at North Boulder Elementary School in the afternoons. Though he does not consider himself a successful writer, he values the life lessons writing can teach children.