It is extremely necessary for a creative writing mentor to first help the students understand and realize the meaning of a real story. They should be taught what a story is and what holds the concept of being a potential story. This can be easily done by first reciting interesting stories to them and then later allowing them to read it on their own. Once this process has been repeated for a good amount of time, the students will automatically develop an eye to pick an idea that would turn out to be a great story.
Every student might have different interests, which may further influence their selection of stories. Here, a creative writing mentor needs to make sure that they guide the students in the right direction without hampering their self-expression and confidence. The teacher should discuss all the aspects of a story and should never forget to take the opinion of the students after the story has been read or recited. This will allow them to think further and share their imagination.
Feedback: A constructive session
All the mentors are very skeptical about the kind of feedbacks and reviews they share. The reason behind this is that they are aware that their feedback will play a crucial role in building the writing skills of their students. This is why they ensure to convey the rights and wrongs in the most constructive and healthy way.
Apart from this, the teachers can allow other students to go through each other’s copies and share their opinion on the same with the student as well as the teacher. This will allow them to develop great skills to identify potential stories and enhance their imagination for the same. They should try to create an environment in the class wherein the students look forward to sharing and receiving feedbacks from their peers. This will turn out to be beneficial for both, the writer as well as the reviewer. Being the mentor, you must monitor this peer feedback session so that the students ensure to share fair comments and reviews.