Category Archives: Writing

Spilled Ink: Today @ Ballard

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Live music! Art! Literature! Videos!

Ballard Branch Teen Advisors and Ballard High School Ink Club invite you Spilled Ink, a community celebration of fresh artwork in many guises from INK Magazine, Ballard High School’s online journal.

Where? The Ballard Branch 

When? Today Saturday May 2nd @ 6-8 p.m. (You’ll get to be in the library after hours! The Ballard Branch closes at 6 p.m. and will re-open especially for Spilled Ink attendees. )

This event will showcase student works including art and photography, along with a screening of student-produced videos at 6:30 p.m. Live music and spoken word will be performed throughout the evening by local artists Roy Street, Golden Years, Dragon & Android, Ternbern Quertet, Eli Goldberg, Noah Forslun and Sophia Hermann.

There will also be a ukulele jam with members of the Ballard Ukulele Club that all are welcome to join. Players are invited to bring their own instrument to the jam, or play one of the limited number of ukuleles that will be available.

For more info call the Ballard Branch @ 206-684-4089

 

Teen Poetry — Stars by Rachel

Stars
She carries the stars in her eye.
The darkness follows her wherever she goes.
Her hair is as white as the moon.
On her neck is the mark of a crescent moon.

Who is she?
She is the daughter of the night sky.

Her beauty is unmatched by any person on earth.
Princes pursue her,
Propose marriage and their kingdoms for her.
She no longer wants anything in this world.
Only to be reunited with her mother,
The night sky.

Who is he?
The prince of the dawn.

His voice is like the chirping of the birds.
The sunrise follows him wherever he goes.
His hair is as golden as the sun.
On the inside of his wrist is the mark of a rising sun.

He loves her more than any prince in the world.
Even when she turns him away,
He continues to come to her.
And she begins to fall in love
With the dawn.

Who is she?
The night sky.

She wears the entire sky on her dress.
Her eyes shine like a thousand moons.
When she walks on earth,
The night passes over the world.

She tries to break them apart.
But fate brings them together.
They are the star-crossed lovers.
And when the night sky kills the dawn,
The daughter takes her own life.

Where are they now?
Stars in the night sky for everyone to see.

–Rachel, Green Lake teen volunteer

Teen Poetry — Dear Ana by Natalie

Dear Ana,

There was a time, when I knew someone like you
She had brittle hair like you
Skin paper-thin by her own mind, waist deep in her own scars

The difference is, Ana, you let the water pile
Let the wave metastasize until you drowned in your own bones
You piled pain into a driftwood boat
Numbers swiftly plunging you into acid and antiseptic
Tricked by your own eyes, you learned to despise yourself

Cosmo magazine to guys on the street, dressing room mirrors
Remedies to make you less obscene, shrink yourself into a pretty doll package as if you deserved cardboard walls.
And I feel sorry for you
Can only feel pity because your brittle skin has pushed my empathy away

Refusing a primary tool for survival controls
Whispers syrupy nonsense to you, but crumbles you
Pulls the floor from underneath, food from the mouths who want it, need it

And you have become a bag of sticks and stones columns
Blood running dry, skin cracking at the seams

But metaphors are too graceful to describe what you have turned yourself into

Ana, do not tell me you are satisfied

-Natalie, 7th grade

Write the World Album Review Contest

Music review contest

We’ve all waited until the last minute to write that big essay for school, or frantically scribbled down responses to homework questions five minutes before class starts. In school writing is a chore, an assignment crumpled at the bottom of a backpack. But where would we be without writing? Society is built on writing from legal jargon to messages to friends to books, magazines, and movie scripts. Writing is essential to success.

That’s the mission of Write the World, “an online based creative writing platform for teens ages 13-18.” Write the World works to improve the writing of high school students by developing the expression of students’ unique voice, teaching editing skills, and facilitating the publishing of students’ works.

Whether you’re an aspiring poet, a science writer, novelist, sports journalist, or green activist, there is a place for you with Write the World. On the Write the World website you can find an extensive and ever-changing library of prompts to develop your skills, refine your voice, explore diverse styles, and develop your personal portfolio. If you’re a competitive type, looking for a challenge, or want professional feedback on your work, you can enter a competition. As a member of the Write the World community, you interact with other like-minded teens through peer reviews and writing groups dedicated to a specific genre of writing.

Right now, you can enter the Album Review competition. Maybe you play music, or maybe you’re constantly plugged in to your iPod. Either way, this competition is a unique opportunity to explore a writing genre that you would never encounter in school. What’s that album that you’ve been listening to non-stop for the past week? Who’s that artist who takes you to another place? Write a review of your favorite album, then submit it for professional review. Who knows? You may even discover your hidden talent for music journalism!

The winning entrant will receive $100, and the runner-up and best peer-reviewer will receive $50.  Final Submissions Due: Tuesday, April 14.  Check out this website for entry details

–RuthMabel, Greenwood 

GWD

Short Fiction – Running by Iris & Tash

Author’s Note:  My friend Tash from London and I met on social media, discussing our love for blogging and exploring the world of writing for fun.  The great thing about social media and teen bloggers is that collaboration is always on our minds.  Together, we came up with the idea of co-writing a story. The first hundred words written by her, I complete a portion, and vice versa.  After a few weeks, a tale of girl at her breaking point emerged…

Running

There they go again – arguing, I’m sick of it. Sometimes I wish that I was a different person, sometimes I wish I was dead. Sometimes I think the only thing that will stop them arguing is if something awful happened to the family.
 
I shout downstairs, “I’m going out!”
 
As I leave, I slam the door as hard as I can and run. I run as far and as fast as possible. I didn’t know where but I didn’t care. 
 
I reached a fairground and took in the sights and smells around me. Continue reading

Last chance to apply for KUOW’s RadioActive!

radioactiveApplications are due today for RadioActive’s 2015 spring workshop in radio journalism! If you (or young people you know) would be excited about this PAID OPPORTUNITY to tell stories and learn how to make radio, please remind them to get their applications turned in!

More information about the 2015 spring workshop and the RadioActive youth media program is below. Workshop applications are due today, January 21, by 11:59 p.m.

The RadioActive 2015 Spring Workshop

In this fun, rigorous and hands-on workshop, youth ages 16-18 learn about journalism, audio recording, audio editing, interviewing, writing for broadcast, and speaking on the air. During the workshop, the six participants will work collaboratively to create feature radio stories on topics of their choice that will be published on KUOW.org and shared at a public listening party! Best of all, RadioActive participants have the chance to amplify their voices by telling true stories about their communities, and the topics that are important to them.

RadioActive’s 2015 Spring Workshop starts on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 and ends on Thursday, April 30, 2015. Workshop meetings are held every Tuesday and Thursday from 5:00-7:00pm at KUOW’s studios at 4518 University Way NE in Seattle’s University District. We also have all-day workshops on Saturday February 14th, Tuesday February 17th, and Saturday April 18th.

For completing the program, students will receive a $375 stipend. RadioActive provides snacks for students during the workshop, and bus tickets as needed. Youth who complete the program receive a 1-year subscription to Adobe’s Creative Cloud software suite, and are eligible to apply for a four-year college scholarship provided by the Adobe Foundation. Graduates of this workshop have the opportunity to stay involved as a RadioActive Advanced Youth Producer. Continue reading

Tomorrow is your last chance to apply for RadioActive’s spring workshop!

radioactiveApplications are due tomorrow for RadioActive’s 2015 spring workshop in radio journalism! If you (or young people you know) would be excited about this PAID OPPORTUNITY to tell stories and learn how to make radio, please remind them to get their applications turned in!

More information about the 2015 spring workshop and the RadioActive youth media program is below. Workshop applications are due tomorrow, January 21, by 11:59 p.m.

The RadioActive 2015 Spring Workshop

In this fun, rigorous and hands-on workshop, youth ages 16-18 learn about journalism, audio recording, audio editing, interviewing, writing for broadcast, and speaking on the air. During the workshop, the six participants will work collaboratively to create feature radio stories on topics of their choice that will be published on KUOW.org and shared at a public listening party! Best of all, RadioActive participants have the chance to amplify their voices by telling true stories about their communities, and the topics that are important to them.

RadioActive’s 2015 Spring Workshop starts on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 and ends on Thursday, April 30, 2015. Workshop meetings are held every Tuesday and Thursday from 5:00-7:00pm at KUOW’s studios at 4518 University Way NE in Seattle’s University District. We also have all-day workshops on Saturday February 14th, Tuesday February 17th, and Saturday April 18th.

For completing the program, students will receive a $375 stipend. RadioActive provides snacks for students during the workshop, and bus tickets as needed. Youth who complete the program receive a 1-year subscription to Adobe’s Creative Cloud software suite, and are eligible to apply for a four-year college scholarship provided by the Adobe Foundation. Graduates of this workshop have the opportunity to stay involved as a RadioActive Advanced Youth Producer. Continue reading