The Importance of Fairy Tales in Education

English: receiving from Judge his certificate ...

English: receiving from Judge his certificate of American citizenship. Deutsch: erhält von Richter Phillip Forman seine Bescheinigung über die amerikanische Staatsbürgerschaft. Português: recebendo do juiz seu certificado de cidadão americano. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

‘If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be very intelligent, read them more fairy tales.’ – Einstein

25 Insights on Becoming a Better Writer
‘Today, writing well is more important than ever. Far from being the province of a select few as it was in Hemingway’s day, writing is a daily occupation for all of us — in email, on blogs, and through social media. It is also a primary means for documenting, communicating, and refining our ideas. As essayist, programmer, and investor Paul Graham has written, “Writing doesn’t just communicate ideas; it generates them. If you’re bad at writing and don’t like to do it, you’ll miss out on most of the ideas writing would have generated.”

‘So what can we do to improve our writing short of hanging ourselves? Below, find 25 snippets of insight from some exceptional authors. While they are all focused on the craft of writing, most of these tips pertain to pushing forward creative projects of any kind…’

Citizen journalism
PowerPoint presentation
What you learn from this:
Concepts: citizen journalism, use of Usenet, blogs and social media by citizen journalist, news archives, the interaction between citizen and mainstream journalists

Bird’s-Eye View of Lies in Fiction
by Victoria Grossack
‘If you’re writing fiction, then in a sense your entire opus is a lie. There’s a book on writing by Lawrence Block and Susan Grafton, called Telling Lies for Fun and Profit. I haven’t read it, but I’ve learned a lot from Block’s articles, so it probably contains useful information. However, the idea that all of fiction is a lie is a rather meta, bird’s-eye approach to lies in fiction. Let’s move on to the more practical issue of whether your characters should lie to each other within the story…’

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Poch is a Bookrix author and a freelance writer. He is a frequent contributor to TED Conversations.
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