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IWW Practice-W Exercise Archives
Exercise: Child's Play (Version 3)
 



These exercises were written by IWW members and administrators to provide structured practice opportunities for its members. You are welcome to use them for practice as well. Please mention that you found them at the Internet Writers Workshop (http://www.internetwritingworkshop.org/).

Prepared by: Valerie Nell
Posted on: September 29, 2002
Reposted on: November 1, 2003
Reposted on: March 6, 2005
Reposted on: April 30, 2006
Reposted, revised, on: March 18, 2007
Reposted, revised, on: March 21, 2009
Reposted on: October 23, 2016
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Exercise: In 400 words or less, write a scene from the POV of a child
aged five to thirteen.

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Show us the world through a child's eyes, his or her perception of the
world, in a way that is convincingly childlike.

Give us a sense of the child's personality and the things that occupy
his or her attention.

Present the context in the child’s voice.  For this exercise focus
more closely on the child’s voice and POV than on the actual scene.

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Exercise: In 400 words or less, write a scene from the POV of a child
aged five to thirteen.

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When critiquing a submission, highlight good use of childlike language
and viewpoint, and moments where your understanding of the child's
unique experience of the world felt particularly rich and--most
important--credible.


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