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Meeting Next Week!

Harks and alarms! Greetings and Salutations, Scribblers!

Our next meeting is Thursday, April 19th, 7-8pm EST.

During this meeting we will continue discussing poetry and NaPoWriMo. April is all poetry all the time.
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:
-We are only reading poems for Open Mic during April.
-You must email your piece by Wednesday, April 18th.
-One poem per person.
-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.

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

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NaPoWriMo is coming!

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 can post your poem to the comments, and 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 with your poem goal.
• 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 must be school appropriate.
• To participate, you must email Mrs. Emery with your goal by April 15th and then email your completed poems at the end of the month.

We’ll have two meetings during the month, April 5 and 19. 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.

Email Mrs. Emery with your goal by April 15th to participate in NaPoWriMo!

Service Project!

The Creative Writing Club will be organizing a service project this year.

  • Our project will run in March and April.
  • Three Options
    • Collect books to donate to a library, school, or organization.
    • Volunteer to read to someone at a school, library, nursing home, or organization.
    • Volunteer to tutor someone in English, reading, or writing.
  • There is a google form to submit when you have donated books or read to someone.
  • Send in pictures of the books you’re donating or of you reading! (Only send in pictures if you’re ok with sharing them on the blog and in meetings. You do not have to be in the picture.)
  • Below is a list of resources to help get you started.

 

Click HERE to report how many books you’ve donated or how many minutes you’ve read.
Check out the sidebar to see our progress!

 

Service Project Resources
Donating Books:
Better World Books – this is a website who gives used books to kids in need. The cool thing about them is that they will let you ship books to them for free, and they’ll pay for shipping, so it’s no hassle really when it comes to costs.
DonationTown – this website is a donation wonderland! It will pair up a person with a charity based on what they’d like to donate. It’s a very wide search engine, and book donations are a part of the many things they do.

The Friends of the Palm Beach County Library System
https://www.pbclibrary.org/using-the-library/get-involved/donate-books

Salvation Army and Goodwill in Palm Beach for donating books
http://www.salvationarmyflorida.org/westpalmbeach/

http://www.gulfstreamgoodwill.com/

http://www.pascolibraries.org/supporters/friends-of-the-library/
You can do a book drive at your own school, a local school, youth group, sports teams, and other groups you are involved in, and donate them to these organizations.

Several programs at the Literacy Coalition have a need for new and used books for preschool and elementary school age children.
I did a little research, and in Orlando, Tampa, and Winter Park I found some locations that I do believe would accept gently used books. I use to go to the library in Altamonte Springs all the time when it was younger, and also as a bonus, they accept used DVDs and CDs in some locations.
Winter Park – 460 E New England Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789 Orlando – 281 Maitland Ave, Altamonte Springs, FL 32701
Tampa- 900 N. Ashley Dr., Tampa, Florida 33602-3704

Reading:
St. Johns County Public Library Storytimes and Website
http://www.sjcpls.org/ OR http://www.sjcpls.org/event-directory/storytimes/

Programs and Events Calendar for Marion County Public Library in Ocala, Florida
http://www.marioncountyfl.org/departments-agencies/departments-o-z/public-library-system/programs-and-events/programs-and-events-calendar

Palm Beach County
https://www.pbclibrary.org/using-the-library/get-involved/volunteer Become a Library volunteer; VolunTeens, 12-18 years of age, assist with the summer reading program. Call the locations listed below for further information. Space is limited. Look for other areas that allow volunteer reading now.

 

Meeting This Week!

Harks and alarms! Greetings and Salutations, Scribblers!

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

During this meeting we will discuss the Hero’s Journey model and how to use it in your writing.
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, March 7.
-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, March 7.
-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.

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!

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.