Last Meeting Next Week!

Our last meeting of the year is Thursday, June 2, 7-8pm EST.

During this meeting we will reflect on this past year, CELEBRATE our awesome members, and look forward to next year.
If you’re not able to join us this week, I will send out information about the assignment.

Our you a graduating senior or not returning to the club next year? We’d like to celebrate you.
• If you’d like to participate, send Mrs. Emery some or all of the following:
A picture
A goodbye message
An open mic piece

Please let me know if you have any questions, and I hope to see you soon!

Writing Prompt!

From Grace: Describe the first day of summer from the point of view of someone who loves school.

Write for 10 minutes. Post your piece to comments.

Writing Tone by Natalie

I love reading our Creative Writers’ stories, prompts, and all of the above. However, there is a rather large part to writing that I tend to see any amateur writer overlooking from time to time. We use this concept when we speak or even write official papers; it is something we know and understand without thinking. That important factor is called “tone.” If you look at this word on the surface or try to conceptualize it at first glance, it can be a very abstract idea to you.

What is tone, exactly? Tone is the type of writing and vocabulary a writer may use to portray any sort of mood, atmosphere or emotion to the reader. When you write with a specific tone in mind, it is important to look closely at the type of words and context you’re using to give the reader the experience you want to give them. On top of general mood and atmospheric types of “tone,” there are formal and informal ways of writing those as well.

I have a silly but obvious example here. “I know you told me about that ache you had yesterday and my mom told me it was probably just a cold. Do you feel anything today?” In this sentence you can clearly feel the concern and inquisitive interest of our character. It is informal as if he/she was speaking to a friend. Now, watch as I change the sentence around a little with the same idea in mind: “Yesterday you informed me that you were experiencing an ache in your abdominal area. I conversed with the doctor and he has confirmed with me that you contracted a common cold. How are your symptoms at the moment?” The same sense of concern and careful speaking is easily detected in this sentence, but with a slightly different mood. Did you feel it? The person is more official and lacking significant emotion. I also changed the atmosphere of the scene with a few vocabulary edits.

I hope the example above was helpful to you to see what tone looks like in side-by-side comparison. It’s really a simple concept if you get enough practice pointing it out for yourself. If you need any other help with this topic, there are tons of super helpful articles online to improve this specific writing skill. I can’t wait to read all the wonderful atmospheres you all create in the future!

Writing Prompt!

From Rosalind: Your character is scrambling to find a last minute Mother’s Day gift.

Write for 10 minutes. Post your piece to comments.

Congratulations!

Congratulations to Olivia Horne, winner of our #MicoPoetry Contest.
There is something about
Sunday Mornings
Full bookshelves
Photobooth pictures
The crinkles by your eyes when you smile
There is something

Also, we’d like to give a shout out to Tamar Lilienthal, and her runner up poem.
A swaying palm,
A beaming sun,
A curling wave,
Together one.

A place so calm,
Don’t ask me twice
If I will go to
Paradise.

Thanks to everyone who voted and submitted poems.

Writing Prompt!

From Rosalind: Write a scene from the point of view of a penny.

Write for 10 minutes. Post your piece to comments.

Post NaPoWriMo by Grace

For all of my fellow poets: NaPoWriMo has come and gone. It was a crazy thirty days in which I somehow managed to write a poem each and every day with few obstacles. I truly learned a lot and I hoped those of you who participated did as well. It’s hard to write a poem a day, so researching new styles and topics always helps to alleviate us out of those situations of writer’s block or drawing blanks, because it gives us something new to try. At the same time, we’re learning how to write in those styles, and though the product may not be the most embellished, you experienced the process of writing it, which you can use in the future.

Now you’re wondering, what do you do after NaPo? I encourage all of you to take what you learned and apply it to writing in the future! If you learned new styles during the month of April, continue writing using those styles. Alter them, make them your own, attempt to work even harder than you did in NaPo, so you have embellished pieces! With these new styles, add to your poetry repertoire and expand your areas of expertise. Poetry is a work of art. Not only is the content important, but I consider the format and visual layout of the poem of equal importance. I think it’s important we make sure to remember these things as we write our poetry–not only focus on content, but give attention to format, visual layout, punctuation, all things that continue to add on to messages and meanings we have intended to create while writing. If you followed the NaPoWriMo.net site, I hope you broadened your knowledge of poetry (not just styles, but the kinds of topics you could write about!) by reading the different poems selected by the owner of the website. There were some incredibly interesting pieces, and also excellent examples of poetry styles we can utilize as we grow in our writing.

Though we no longer will be surrounded by other poets participating, keep going! While this challenge was typically quantity over quality, start reversing it so you can grow as a poet following NaPo, and are ready to face the next NaPoWriMo in 2017. The goal of the challenge was really, to me, to learn and expand upon your knowledge as a writer and a poet. I knew that going into this challenge, I just didn’t know what I was going to learn. Frankly I learned plenty, and some of the things I learned I’m going to keep working on (such as the book spine poetry. That was very cool!). I hope you learn from each challenge you participate in, whether it be NaNoWriMo or NaPoWriMo. Keep writing and learning!

Writing Prompt!

From Grace: Narrate a short story as if you were a newscaster. Use the type of language and tone they would potentially use.

Write for 10 minutes. Post your piece to comments.

Writing Prompt!

From Cheyenne: Your character was in a terrible accident that left them completely paralyzed and unable to speak. Write a monologue detailing how they feel.

Write for 10 minutes. Post your piece to comments.

Cinema & Writing: How They Influence One Another by Rosalind

As a writer raised by an actress, my cinematic exposure and theatrical lifestyle has come in large waves throughout many years. It has influenced a lot of things in my artistic life, and my writing certainly has benefited from such. This month we are talking about monologues, and when we think about monologues we often think about theater and cinema as well. One of the first experiences I had in theater came when I was a toddler. I sat on the same stage my mother lectured on, rehearsed on, and preformed on; I was 6 years old when I saw Rocky Horror Picture Show. I’ve seen front, side, and backstage; my mother is a thespian, and I am a thespian’s daughter. The exposure to cinema and theater at so young comes in as a factor that gives a raw truth to other art. Theater is spring. It’s winter, summer, and fall. Theater is big hair, tight jeans, cigarettes, spiked heels, and fat cigars. Theater is blood and guts, dancing bodies, murder, and romance. Theater is a widest frame, it is a telescope we look through. It is a past and present and future time machine. It is thrilling, it is sad. It is heaven and it is hell. It is every idea that the human race has ever had in the most uncensored and diverse of styles. It is every color in your paint box mixed together. It is God, Buddha, Muhammad, and Mother Earth. It is Life. It beats like a heart and it cries like child; it barks like a dog and it screams like a banshee. It’s ugly and its loud and its exciting and it’s Now.

It’s writing in a live action form. Maybe this is why so many of us feel so inspired by what we see in the day-to-day with the operation of theater and cinema. It’s an inspiration that reminds us that the world is so complicated and we can become attached to the most random of things at any moment. One line in Hamlet could inspire your next novel, one idea from a TLC documentary could bring you to your next poem. There is an interconnection with live action and literacy. What we see ends up on the pages of our notebooks every day. One of my first novels was inspired by Cast Away. My inspiration to chronicle my feminism and activism experiences through nonfiction articles came from a popular play by Eve Ensler. My novel idea for the 2014 NaNoWriMo challenge came from the play Stop Kiss, and my novel idea for last year came from the movie If These Walls Could Talk. Theater and cinema brings us into realizations, and shows us things we too wish to communicate through passions and creativity. So when we look at monologues, and start at writing our own, we often look in places where the monologue begun: theater. We sometimes don’t see how connected the two art forms really are, and how really, they could be considered all the same. They are of the same species, but have evolved as we all have. They have one common ancestor just like ourselves, but as the world grew they branched out. It’s a reflection of our social and artistic humanity, and it speaks to us on a deeper level than I think most imagine is possible.

Without one we wouldn’t have the other, and their influences in one another’s everyday existence has become a crucial aspect. To love one it is always best to open up and love the other. It betters us in more than one way.

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