Teen Writers Circle Class Summary 12/16/13
with Michelle Cameron
Today being the last day before the holiday break, we had some fun with our writing.
First, riffing off The Nightmare Before Christmas, everyone was given a Christmas character – from well-known ones such as Santa Class to less-known (and frankly imaginary) ones, such as the Candy Cane Kid and Lenny the List Maker.
Then we combined them with other holiday characters, such as the Easter Bunny or the Valley Girl Valentine.
While almost no one finished their stories, we had some great starts. I hope some of the kids will finish these off over the break – but they don’t have to.
After that, we played a TWC-creation – Plotfoolery, a writing board game. The kids rolled the dice to determine the order in which to start, but then they got to take a turn whenever they were finished writing a part of their stories. There are some off-beat and whacky plot twists that they landed on (including being trapped in a sand castle) and everyone had to write the number of sentences based on their roll of the dice. Again, we had some very weird and wonderful (and to borrow their phrase, random) stories that emerged.
Journal Submissions and End-of-Session Readings
With the holidays up and coming, homework is light. I returned most of their submissions for the online journal. Those that I didn’t will be returned via email by next Wednesday. I ask that they make the editorial changes by 12/23, so I can got our online journal up and running by the time we get back.
In addition, they should decide what they want to read for our end-of-session reading. Rules: up to four double-spaced pages or three poems. It does not need to be what they submitted to the journal, although it can be.
And please do let me know if you plan to attend the reading – family welcome!
Happy holidays, everyone!
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