You know the email you wrote is almost poetry. I wonder if you could use the words of this email and setting it out like you would set out poetry. Or just taking random words from from it and using the words as the start of lines, or rearranging the words. Start with the words at the end of sentences and use them as the start. Or go over poetry you wrote in the past and threading words and phrases from other poems winding them in and out of words from today, rather like making a daisy chain. Have you ever done that? take a stem from one poem and bring in a line or a thread from another and weave something entirely new.... I love your writing.
But I don't know if it helped. What advice would you give? I think these students need to be encouraged. What do you think?