What’s in a Summer with TT Patton?
This June, our young writers have found inspiration in just about every nook and cranny of Barrington–from trees, flowers, and statues in Memorial Park to the examples of classic American poets like Emily Dickinson, all the way back to 17th century Japanese poet Basho.
Elliot wrote proudly in the first-person about the life of the fallen police officer behind this statue
“Keeper of the World”by Abby Monk:
An Amazonian dragonfly
Sitting on the enchanted tree
Calling to the wonders
of the galaxy
He makes the waves on the ocean
he creates the majestic wind on the breeze
peace to the world please
Something about the rhythm of Langston Hughes sparked something in 6th grader Cayden, who wrote a piece mimicking the structure and theme of Hughes’ “Dreams”:
Cling to dreams
for if dreams die
life is like a mean kid
who only lies
Hold fast to dreams
hold on tight
for if you lose them
it’s like being lost
in a room with no light
3rd grader Abby fell in love with our ink blot activity, incorporating images of autumn trees and magical dragonflies into her original poem, “Keeper of the World.”
Roll-the-dice haikus, poetry walks, story structure activities, and classic journaling and letter writing, all composed with the writers’ very own fountain pens, have kept the TT Patton kids both creatively busy and inspired for their weeks of camp. Our July screenplay writing programs are certain to do the same, set to feature plenty of collective writing, plot practice, and character development games!
Amazed by what our junior poets and authors have achieved? Sign your young ones up to come and write with us in one of our July or August summer camps!