Write an alphabet poem using alliteration.
Here’s a brief example.
August was really awfulBecause it was the time I was bullied.
Cathy was really cruel.
During most of the days.
Everything inside me felt empty.
What is in a name? Writers think long and hard and often change the names of their characters. Names are important. They help create the personality of characters. What if you had a character named Mildred? Would she be a warrior?
Try this what if your character’s name was Rain and she was in love with a boy named Ash? Write a story about them and explain how they received their names.
By now you have already lived through some pretty amazing historical events. We’ve had our first African-American president, we’ve sent space crafts to Mars and taken samples. Lots of things have happened some good and some not so good.
Write a poem based on a historical event.
Here’s mine. When I returned from my documentary photography class I turned on the TV and discovered the space shuttle Challenger exploded.
They thought they were taking a trip into the sky.
To see the world from up high.
Up went the spacecraft until it reached great heights.
It was up so high it was almost out of sight.
Suddenly there was a fire, then came an explosion.
We looked up in horror not knowing what was really going on.
At first we thought that the ship was just moving on.
The travelers were lost not one survived.
That day our country was in mourning and there was not one dry eye.
Not perfect I admit but you get the idea. Give this one a try.
I just finished reading The Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver. The story is about two sisters who live in a quaint beach community. One sister is wild, while the other is “very normal”. They are so close it’s almost as if they are twins, except that Dara likes to break all the rules and seems to have a knack for getting into trouble. Nick, short of Nicole on the other hand always follows the rules. Everything seems perfect in their relationship until Dara starts “hooking up” with Nick’s best friend, Parker. Now Nick feels like a third wheel and she resents it. Nick does her best to move on and even starts dating another guy.
Just when Nick starts to move on with her life Nick and Dara get into a serious car accident leaving Dara scarred and Nick trying to find a way to cope with the guilt from what really happened during the accident.
It’s a great book. There’s romance and mystery and suspense as Nick tries to find Dara after she vanishes shortly after the accident.
Write a story about this place.
Write a poem about this picture. Who are the people and how does this place, this image make you feel. Let the picture speak to you and guide you as you write the poem.
I went for a swim that night. It was so hot and I kept thinking about Michael. Swimming almost made me feel so much better. I dived and started to swim laps. The cold water felt so good against my skin. It was dark but not totally black because I turned on the lights in the pool.
I drove under and that’s hen I saw those eyes staring back at me.
What happens next? Is this person or being friend or foe? Write what happens next.
If you plan on watching the movie instead of reading this book you’re really going to miss out on another great book. Paper Town by John Green is tells the story or Quentin Jacobsen or Q as his friends like to call him. Q falls in love with Margo, the girl next door. Margo is bold and exciting a total contradiction to Q who lives life by the rules.
When the story beings Margo moves next door to Quentin and they become best friends. One day while walking to the park they discover the body of a man who committed suicide. Instead of being afraid Margo is curious and intrigued by the dead man, while Quentin blocks out memory of the incident. Once the duo hit high school Margo is popular and dating the most popular boy in school while Quentin joins nerdbom and hangs out with his best friends and fellow band member Ben and Radar.
After Margo discovers that her boyfriend Jase is sleeping with her best friend she sets out to right some wrongs and takes Quentin along for the ride. After a night of revenge old feelings emerge and Quentin falls in love with Margo again. Everything seems to being going right for Quentin until Margo mysteriously disappears leaving clues for Quentin to find her.
It was a very romantic story and Radar and Ben Quentin’s friend’s who team up with him to find Margo makes the book irresistible.
I know this is early notice but this opportunity is so amazing I thought I’d give you a head start. The Young Arts fellowship program submissions will be opening sometime in April. Submissions close in October.
The Young Arts program is a mentorship program that pairs students in all areas of the arts: visual arts, performing arts, writing, cinematic arts ( music, theater, and music) with a mentor in their discipline. This is no ordinary program. Once you win you are a Young Arts fellow for life!
A friend of mine won this in photography and so far he won $1000 plus a trip to Miami where he’ll be taking master classes with Bruce Webber. Some of the past fellows won Oscars and Grammys. Believe me this is a big deal.
I will update you later but I think it’s a good idea to start working on your portfolios now.
Check out the video and check back on the site for submissions details. Good luck!
The Annual Signet Classics Writing Competition is approaching. This year’s book is Little Women by Lousia May Alcott. This writing competition yields a prize of $1000. All you have to do is select one of the five the essay topics. This competition is open to juniors and seniors. Home school students are also eligible. You must be a attending high school in the United Stated to be eligible.
Deadline: All entries must be postmarked by April 14, 2016 and received on or by April 21, 2016.
For more information check the website and good luck!