Back At It

Round two of our summer program has finally arrived, and our all-girls group this week has brought with it unlimited creativity, energy, and sparkle.  TT Patton is just about shaking with the fresh innovation of student-written poetry, short stories, similes and metaphors, and we’ve only just completed our first day of creative writing camp!  From exercise number one, I was knocked off of my feet.  I simply asked students to define a writer, hoping to get my young writers comfortable with prompt-focused writing, and considering techniques to improve their own work.  I didn’t quite expect 5th grader, Kaitlyn’s insightful response right off the bat, “A writer is confident and brave like a warrior. Their thoughts are worth gold.”

Lizzie let her creative flag fly when collaging her personal moleskine!

Lizzie let her creative flag fly when collaging her personal moleskine!

Prior to undertaking the instruction of TT Patton’s bright young poets and authors, I thoroughly understood both the imagination and inspiration grade school and middle school students seem to harness better than the majority of the adult world, but what I never quite wrapped my head around was the fact that their carefree well of endless ideas would stick with me.  It seems almost impossible to capture the feeling of bittersweetness as well as 5th grader, Cindy, who tells me that to her, “Bittersweet is when you’re eating a lollipop and your best friend has just deserted you.”  From descriptions like this one, I find I’m scribbling out my own poetry far more frequently than when I was surrounded by brilliant, published college students and professors.

We searched the sidewalks of Barrington for inspiration, and inspiration we found!

We searched the sidewalks of Barrington for inspiration, and inspiration we found!

 We’ve begun playing with rhyme, rhythm, and narrative, breaking down story structure, character development, and the process of hunting down inspiration.  Our Write Under the Stairs program doesn’t sit and wait for good writing to find us, we head out and find our creativity wherever it may be! It’s going to be a week overflowing with wordplay, laughs, and story-telling, not to leave out our Spoken Word Showcase to take place on Friday afternoon, featuring the performed written works of our fabulous writers!  Send your 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th graders to join us for one of our upcoming writing sessions this month or next using our easy, online registration.    

Thanks for writing with us, 

Katie.

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