Perez Elementary Spring Workshops

The girls in our spring “Girls With Pens” workshops had been told they’d be writing, but they squealed with delight when I told them we’d be making up stories. Each week, they waited with bated breath until I gave them the next assignment and then they would scribble furiously until time was up. The only thing better than creating the work was sharing it. The girls constantly campaigned to be first. During our six weeks together, we learned about the fundamentals of fiction, the beauty of metaphor and the power of the narrative voice. I got to read about “Fire Woman” and “The Perfect Girl” and a pig named Sir Bruce, who was obsessed with chocolate chips. I learned that the bumpiest thing in

St. Andrews Episcopal School Spring Semester 2015

I was lucky to be working with some of these students for the second time. I was also happy that we had some "fresh blood" to shake things up a little. The students really made me laugh with the challenge to write "four lines to make them stay" followed by "four lines to make them go." These writers told their imaginary enemies that they hated them as much as "a spoiled ending" and would rather "drink a spinach, kale, and concrete smoothie than see" them again. But when trying to win them back, one student was willing to go so far as to say, "I love you as much as Kanye West loves himself." I hope you enjoy these pieces as much as I did. Where I’m From by Anna Jackson I’m from too many place

Girls' School of Austin Spring 2015

This spring was my first semester leading workshops at the Girls School of Austin. What a beautiful campus and what talented young writers! They wrote ghost stories, explored metaphors and created poems out of their own names. These are preternaturally gifted young women and I can't wait to see what they produce in the future. Dreams Are by Evan Allbritton Dreams are stringy like a little kid putting a puzzle together. Dreams are twisty like trying to figure out the plot to a book. Dreams are murky like a thief trying to break into your house to get your most beloved, magenta necklace. Dreams are muted in a strange, confusing way that makes you want to wake with a gong. Four Lines To Make Th

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