Service Project – Three More Days!

As you know, we are working on a service project with the Creative Writing Club. We will wrap everything up on March 31, and you still have time to participate and serve your community.

There are three ways to participate. If you have questions about how to do any of these in your local area, please let me know.

  • Donate books
  • Volunteer to read to someone
  • Volunteer to tutor someone in reading, writing, or English
  • Volunteer at a library
  • To record your service, fill out this form.
  • You can earn participation points for donating or volunteering.

So far, eleven members have donated books or their time.

Will you join them?

Think about a place in town that could use your contribution. I’m sure you’ve got some excellent books that could help someone out or find a happy new home. There might be opportunities at your school or library or church to read or tutor someone.

You can add your voice and support for reading and writing in your community.

Writing Prompts!

From Olivia: Your character just attended a comedy show. Did they like it? What are their thoughts?

Write for 10 minutes. Post your piece to comments.

Short Story Workshop Showcase

Each year, a small group of members participate in the rigorous short story workshop. They work closely together, learning about short stories and getting feedback about their work.

Congrats to Rosalind and her fantastic short story, “The Birthmark of a Beast and the Porcelain Doll”.

Read Rosalind’s story HERE.

Short Story Workshop Showcase

Each year, a small group of members participate in the rigorous short story workshop. They work closely together, learning about short stories and getting feedback about their work.

Congrats to Kaitlynn and her fantastic short story, “Magic Portal”.

Read Kaitlynn’s story HERE.

Short Story Workshop Showcase

Each year, a small group of members participate in the rigorous short story workshop. They work closely together, learning about short stories and getting feedback about their work.

Congrats to Sydney and her fantastic short story, “What Separates You From Me”.

Read Sydney’s story HERE.

Writing Prompt!

From Rosalind: Start your scene with your characters best friend screaming at them, “It’s all you’re fault!”

Write for 10 minutes. Post your piece to comments.

My Writing Identity by Grace

When I was younger, all I wanted to be was a famous author. After reading novels like James and the Giant Peach or Harry Potter and learning that younger people could publish too, I focused on writing chapter books that would one day fill libraries everywhere. And because of this, I felt that to be a writer, you should write at least one novel in your career. So, that was my goal and that was what consisted of most of my “writing practice”: to write long chapter books. Every summer since the 2nd grade I’d sit down after consuming dozens of books from my local public library to write the “next great novel.” Needless to say, it never happened. I was a terrible planner; the process took too long and all I wanted to do was jump into the action. But without a plan, the gas eventually ran out somewhere in the pages of chapter five. Even though I was never successful, I continued to think I’d write that best seller novel one day.

One year I attended a creative writing class for a summer studies program, and the scope with which I looked at writing was reshaped drastically. I was exposed to the world of short stories and poetry, and how to elevate one’s writing and make it three dimensional. From it I found that I really enjoyed penning poems. My writing style loosened from the rigid molds of styles I was trying to imitate, and I was beginning to meet myself in my writing. It wasn’t just about trying to be published anymore—it was about writing, too! And even though I began to take greater pride in my poetry, I struggled to call myself a “poet.” I didn’t really fit the model—someone once told me that to be a deep poet, I had to be sad and depressed, emotionally bruised and hurt. I wasn’t really any of those things. So, was I not a poet, then? Watching Spoken Word, I would see people write dark and deeply emotional free style pieces, delivering lines of loneliness, depression and anxiety rapidly, with eruption of “snaps” following. Colorful stories detailed in carefully selected syllables filled my ears. As much as I was awed by their works, I had never endured any of what they endured. I wanted to be a poet, though, so I tried to write dark stuff too. But I never felt or believed in what I was writing, and it began to fall by the wayside.

I bounced back to the effort of writing a novel. I started projects up again, but I always became deterred if I tried to begin one with a plan. For some novels, I would get farther if I had the exposition and the ending in mind, but I’d run out of steam without the knowledge of what to write in the middle. I’d dabble in poetry, too, continuing to write with a darker tone than what I really felt. I was trying too hard to entertain the definition of “deep” in my works. At this point, a few years ago, I didn’t know what I was. Was I writer? A poet? I didn’t feel like I was doing anything right. And there was my problem.

In the process of trying to validate myself as a writer by forcing myself to do something I didn’t really enjoy, I was preventing myself from exploring as a writer. I was drowning in the fear of labels with the belief I could only be something if it had a label. But the thing is, being a writer doesn’t work in one way. Being a poet doesn’t work in one way either. I regained my enjoyment of writing poetry, finding the ability to abandon my worries about what a poet looks like. Poetry doesn’t take one shape, and it’s not driven by just one tone. We forget that just because we don’t perform the exact way another writer does, it doesn’t mean we are not just as a valid. The challenge of identity was one I struggled with. What kind of writer do I want to be? How will I be that writer? I’ve decided to not label myself. I’m not a novelist, a short story writer, or really a poet. I just enjoy writing in those forms, but I don’t concentrate myself in one area.

I’ve decided to just label myself a writer. Because a writer writes, and that is what I do.

Writing Prompt!

From Natalie: Your character finds him/herself in a long-lost historical site, what happens next?

Write for 10 minutes. Post your piece to comments.

Have YOU Participated?

We need 18 more members to participate in our service project? Will it be you?

Donate or volunteer and report your service HERE.


April is National Poetry Month!

The challenge is to write one poem a day for 30 days. Each day, there will be a prompt posted on the blog. That post is both your prompt for the day, and the place where you will leave your poem for that day. You’ll post your poem to the comments, or email me your completed poems at the end of the month.

Not ready for the challenge? No worries. As always, what you do here — and what level of participation you choose — is up to you. Write, and share, as much or as little as you like this month, whether it’s 1 poem or 30. The prompts are here to work for you, not to make you feel restrained or constrained in any way. You can submit your poems to any of the prompts on any day, it doesn’t need to be the same day. For example if you missed day 1, and now it’s day 10, you can still write a poem for day 1 and submit it to the post. You also don’t have to write to the prompt.

• It’s not about quality, it’s about quantity. Even if you don’t normally write poetry, you should participate in this great exercise!
• Email Mrs. Emery if you want to participate.
• Poems due by April 30th.
• The ultimate challenge is 30 poems, however you can set your goal to be whatever you want and still participate. Whether you write 1 poem or 30, that’s still great!
• There will be a prompt on the blog every day. You can respond to the prompt, or post your own poem. Poems posted to the blog much be school appropriate.
• You can participate by posting your poems to the comments or emailing them to Mrs. Emery at the end of the month.

We’ll have two meetings during the month, April 6 and 20. We’ll discuss all things poetry and share some of the great writing going on.

However you want to write in April, there’s room for your approach. Let’s make National Poetry Month a month to set, and exceed, our personal goals related to reading, writing and sharing poetry.