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Club News!

Hey Scribblers!

Just a reminder that our meetings for March are off our regular schedule. Our Meetings are March 8 and 15th. We do not have a meeting next week, as I will be out of the office. There will be a delay in communication.

I know many of you are processing and thinking about the events that happened at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School last week. I have an opportunity for you that I thought would be great for the club and a great way for you to show your support for the students there.

This is a letter from one of their World History teachers:
It is with a heavy heart and clouded eyes I am reaching out to this community to help my students heal from the horrific event they have experienced. Our kids are amazing and they want to get back to school and continue learning but first they need time to just be together and begin the process of healing. I would like to greet them all on the first day back with letters of support from fellow students. Not the email kind or the texting kind, but real letter handwritten and signed by kids from our amazing community. I want them to hold the envelopes addressed from around the world to see that they are not alone and there is still kind and caring people. If you would like to participate, please send letters to the following address:
Stoneman Douglas High School
C/O Diane Wolk-Rogers
5901 Pine Island Road
Parkland, Florida 33076

I know yall will write amazing letters.

Our group short story is moving along nicely. Your turn may be soon!

Let me know if you need anything. See you on the 8th!

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I am FLVS Clubs Because…

Want to show how important student clubs are to FLVS? Then we need your help!

Please consider writing a few sentences, taking a quick video, or snapping a selfie to answer the question “I am FLVS clubs because…”

Send your responses to Mrs. Newton at jnewton@flvs.net by Friday February 23.

Group Short Story Kickoff!

Here we go!

The group short story will begin today. I’ll be reaching out individually to each participant once it’s your turn to write your part of the story.

Be sure to check your email every day during the challenge. If I don’t receive your section by the deadline given, I will move on to the next person. There are 29 participants!

Group Short Story
•    This will be a fast paced, challenging, and fun exercise!
•    Language and subject matter must be school appropriate. If you have a question about whether something is inappropriate, it probably is, but feel free to ask me if you have questions.
•    You can introduce new elements, but what you write should not come out from left field from what has been established. You need to keep the story consistent. Your section will not be added to the story if it is too crazy.
•    The story will be written by everyone participating. One person will start and send their part to me. I will send the story to the next person. They will add their 500 words, and send it back to me. And so on. How many turns you get at writing the story will depend on how many members participate.
•    The turn around time will be 1 day. For example if you are tapped to write your section on Monday, you need to send me your 500 words by Tuesday.
•    Each participant will write 500 words at a time.

Story Information
Genre: Mystery
POV: First Person
Our Main Character: Grant Chang, Age: 18
Exposition:
Grant Chang has graduated from Vanguard High School, class of 2031. Grant spent most of high school in the art room with Mrs. Welch, drawing and painting. His passion is video game design, and he was selected as the first group of a new digital animation degree program. His best friends Dean and Bryan are going to different schools. Grant is nervous about going to a new school without his friends but he is ready to leave high school behind and start his freshman year at UCF. He is excited about meeting his roommate and being on his own.
In the fall, Grant moves in to his dorm in the Apollo Community, and says goodbye to his parents. He starts getting acquainted with campus life and preparing for his classes. But after a couple of days, his roommate Max still hasn’t shown up yet. Eventually officials and campus police from the university come to Grant’s dorm room. Max has disappeared and campus police think it’s foul play. To his surprise, Grant is a suspect thanks to his troubled past and being the roommate. It will be up to Grant to prove his innocence. Can he find out what happened to Max?

Please email Mrs Emery by February 16 to participate.

Meeting Next Week!

Harks and alarms! Greetings and Salutations, Scribblers!

Our next meeting is Thursday, February 15, 7-8pm EST.

During this meeting we will continue our discussion of diction and syntax and have a couple of power brainstorm sessions.
-If you have a suggestion of an author, poem, or story that we can examine their diction and syntax, please send me an email.
-We will brainstorm ideas and discuss plans for our Shakespeare Fest presentation.
-We will brainstorm the basic story elements for our group short story!

If you’re not able to join us this week, I will send out information about the assignment.
Please sign in with your first and last name for attendance.

Open Mic
Want to read some of your writing at this week’s meeting or have someone else read it?
Open Mic Requirements:
-You must email your piece by Wednesday, February 14.
-You can submit fiction, poetry, or non-fiction.
-Your piece or excerpt should be 500 words or less.
-Pieces must be school appropriate. Pieces should not be explicitly political, religious, or intimate.
-Pieces will be read on a first come, first served basis as time allows.

Literature Chat
Do you want to share a book you’ve read or an author you love with the club? Maybe you read about a writing technique or idea that you’d like to share.
Literature Chat Requirements:
-You must be present to discuss your slide and have a mic to be able to speak to the group.
-You must create a powerpoint slide about what you’d like to share.
-You must email your piece by Wednesday, February 14.
-Your powerpoint should be limited to one slide.
-Topics must be school appropriate. Pieces should not be explicitly political, religious, or intimate.
-Topics will be read on a first come, first served basis as time allows.

Group Short Story!

This will be a fast paced, challenging, and fun exercise! The story will be written by everyone participating, 500 words at a time. One person will start and send their part to me. I will send the story to the next person. They will add their 500 words, and send it back to me. And so on. Read our story from last year: The Wind Whisperer

Language and subject matter must be school appropriate. You will be dropped from the story if you submit work that is inappropriate. If you have a question about whether something is inappropriate, it probably is. You can introduce new elements, but what you write should not come out from left field from what has been established. You need to keep the story consistent. Your section will not be added to the story if it is too crazy.

The turn around time will be 24 hours. For example if you are tapped to write your section on Monday, you need to send me your 500 words by Tuesday.

Each participant will write 500 words at a time.

The story will start February 16.

We will brainstorm the basic story elements during our next meeting on February 15th.

Email Mrs. Emery by February 16 to participate.

Meeting This Week!

Harks and alarms! Greetings and Salutations, Scribblers!

Our next meeting is Thursday, February 1, 7-8pm EST.

During this meeting we will discuss diction and syntax. We’ll be looking at authors’ style and how you can improve your writing with focusing on individual word choice and grammar options.
If you have an author you’d be interested in taking a close look at their style, send me your suggestions.
If you’re not able to join us this week, I will send out information about the assignment.
Please sign in with your first and last name for attendance.

Open Mic
Want to read some of your writing at this week’s meeting or have someone else read it?
Open Mic Requirements:
-You must email your piece by Wednesday, January 31.
-You can submit fiction, poetry, or non-fiction.
-Your piece or excerpt should be 500 words or less.
-Pieces must be school appropriate. Pieces should not be explicitly political, religious, or intimate.
-Pieces will be read on a first come, first served basis as time allows.

Literature Chat
Do you want to share a book you’ve read or an author you love with the club? Maybe you read about a writing technique or idea that you’d like to share.
Literature Chat Requirements:
-You must be present to discuss your slide and have a mic to be able to speak to the group.
-You must create a powerpoint slide about what you’d like to share.
-You must email your piece by Wednesday, January 31.
-Your powerpoint should be limited to one slide.
-Topics must be school appropriate. Pieces should not be explicitly political, religious, or intimate.
-Topics will be read on a first come, first served basis as time allows.

Shakespeare Festival Activity Assistants Needed

The Fine Arts Club hosts the Shakespeare Festival each year. This year it will be April 23-27.

The Fine Arts club and the Creative Writing club will be collaborating for the Shakespeare Festival this year! While the rest of FAC will have their own part in the planning, the CWC would be helping out with making scripts and lyrics. The lyrics will be derived from the script of the plays that we will be performing. At a certain point in the script, a song will be sung by a chosen singer. The lyrics of the song will continue but not mirror the remaining script lines. The lyrics can also be placed at any time in the script that the Activity Assistants see fit. Activity Assistants? That’s you guys! (And some of the FAC members who also want to help). The CWC (the Activity Assistants) would basically be getting everything ready for the actors and singers.

If you are interested, use this is the link to the FAC website where you will see a Shakespeare Festival post, and an Activity Assistants post. There, you will find more information on what the Creative Writing Club is going to be doing!

Activity Assistants will receive 20 participation points.

Activity Assistants Sign Up: https://goo.gl/forms/rkTUjc7JLQOgjAUE2

Meeting This Week!

During our meeting, Thursday January 18, we will wrap up our Fable discussion and talk about The Hobbit for our book discussion.

Book Discussion

  • We are reading and discussing The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein.
  • January 18th, 7-8pm EST
  • After reading the book, if there’s something specific you’d like to present or talk about, create a PPT slide.
  • Slides should not be summaries of the book or about the author.
  • Slides can be about specific techniques or devices you’ve observed about the writing.
  • Email slides by January 17.

If you’re not able to join us this week, I will send out information about the assignment.
Please sign in with your first and last name for attendance.

Open Mic
Want to read some of your writing at this week’s meeting or have someone else read it?
Open Mic Requirements:
-You must email your piece by Wednesday, January 17.
-You can submit fiction, poetry, or non-fiction.
-Your piece or excerpt should be 500 words or less.
-Pieces must be school appropriate. Pieces should not be explicitly political, religious, or intimate.
-Pieces will be read on a first come, first served basis as time allows.

Fable Writing Assignment

  • Write a fable providing a modern moral.
  • Fable should be 1,000 words or less.
  • School appropriate.
  • Pieces due by February 17.

Short Story Workshop

  • 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. Look for more information about how to apply and participate.
  • Watch the meeting recording to learn more about how the workshop works, what’s involved, and whether it’s something you’d like to apply for.
  • There is room for up to 10 participants.
  • Stories can be about anything, but should be school appropriate. Stories should be 1,000-5,000 words.
  • Workshop Meeting Dates:
    • Feb 8: Discuss rough drafts 1-5
    • Feb 22: Discuss rough drafts 6-10
    • March 22: Discuss Final Drafts
  • To apply, fill out the application below and email your completed short story to Mrs. Emery.
  • Applications are due January 26.
    • You will be notified by February 2 if you have been accepted.

Meeting Next Week!

Harks and alarms! Greetings and Salutations, Scribblers!

Our next meeting is Thursday, January 11, 7-8pm EST.

During this meeting we will discuss Fables, our January Focus, and discuss our upcoming Short Story Workshop.
If you’re not able to join us this week, I will send out information about the assignment.
Please sign in with your first and last name for attendance.

Open Mic
Want to read some of your writing at this week’s meeting or have someone else read it?
Open Mic Requirements:
-You must email your piece by Wednesday, January 10.
-You can submit fiction, poetry, or non-fiction.
-Your piece or excerpt should be 500 words or less.
-Pieces must be school appropriate. Pieces should not be explicitly political, religious, or intimate.
-Pieces will be read on a first come, first served basis as time allows.

Literature Chat
Do you want to share a book you’ve read or an author you love with the club? Maybe you read about a writing technique or idea that you’d like to share.
Literature Chat Requirements:
-You must be present to discuss your slide and have a mic to be able to speak to the group.
-You must create a powerpoint slide about what you’d like to share.
-You must email your piece by Wednesday, January 10.
-Your powerpoint should be limited to one slide.
-Topics must be school appropriate. Pieces should not be explicitly political, religious, or intimate.
-Topics will be read on a first come, first served basis as time allows.