A whole new world A new fantastic point of view “A Whole New World” from Aladdin Throughout the 2019 Young Writers’ Workshop, we’ve had the chance to explore ourselves, our homes, and our own unique worlds. Today, we broadened our horizons by asking ourselves where we’ve been, where we want to go, and where we … Continue reading “A New Fantastic Point-of-View”: Finding Your Voice and Place
"Shining bright like a diamond We're beautiful like diamonds in the sky" —Rihanna, “Diamonds” Though it might be hard to believe, Wednesday marks the midway point of our Young Writers’ Workshop. Those who have been following along will recall that Monday brought us to new worlds and Tuesday meant exploring our homes and our hearts … Continue reading “Bright Like a Diamond”: Shining Songwriting
Yesterday, the writers explored worlds outside of our own. Today we brought things back down to Earth by looking someplace much closer—home. The question to start our day was “When someone says ‘Kansas’ what’s the one thing you think of?” Though most of our young writers are from the state, their answers mirrored some of … Continue reading “There’s no place like home”: The Secrets of Poetry
Today, our young writers finally arrived at the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art. As they strolled inside to greet our staff, the writers were quiet and unassuming as they decorated their new notebooks and occasionally whispered to new acquaintances. Little over an hour later, they were shouting about Bob Marley as they generated an … Continue reading “Don’t Worry About a Thing”: We’re Ready to Get Started!
June 21st marks the official start to summer, and I don’t know about you, but to me summer means three things: more Disney remakes and sequels, a new Taylor Swift album on the way, and the return of our Young Writers’ Workshop! That’s right, the 2019 K-State Young Writers’ Workshop begins this coming Monday, June … Continue reading “You Need to Calm Down”…It’s Time to Meet the 2019 Staff!
What a wild week it has been! Our young writers started out as shy strangers on Monday and are leaving the workshop as strong storytellers only four days later, and we cannot express our pride at how much progress the writers made throughout the week. Our staff would like to thank those who made the … Continue reading Shy Strangers to Strong Storytellers
I don’t know about you, but it feels like the Young Writers’ Workshop just began! It’s AMAZING to think we only have one more day left with the writers. I’ll hold in the tears for now, but I can’t make any promises for tomorrow’s reading. Today marked a shift in the writers’ perception of writing. … Continue reading Wants, Wishes, and War
Today marks the middle of the week, and it’s crazy to think we only have two more days of workshop! For now, the writers and staff are keeping the emotions at bay so we can focus on the Friday’s reading. In preparation for the reading, the writers have been hard … Continue reading Perform Like You Mean It
Today the young writers embarked on a journey of self-discovery through poetry. The morning began with a discussion of what poetry is, how to create memorable sensory details, and the impact of word choice. The writers were eased into poetry, first writing mad-lib poems about … Continue reading I Am Poetry
As the sun dawned on a beautiful, if humid, morning in Manhattan, a Disney lyric popped into my head: “And at last I see the light, and it’s like the fog has lifted.” While I could see the literal light, a figurative one was shining in my heart because the fifth annual Young Writers’ Workshop … Continue reading Lumpy Ketchup and Other Top 40 Hits