March Volunteer Spotlight: Kevin Peterson

Each month, Denver Writes highlights phenomenal volunteers without which the work we do would not be possible. This is an opportunity to get to know them just a little bit better!

Click here to find out more about Kevin Peterson and why, if he didn’t write, he’d go crazy!

 

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March Volunteer Spotlight: Peter Derk

Each month, Denver Writes highlights phenomenal volunteers without which the work we do would not be possible. This is an opportunity to get to know them just a little bit better!

Click here to find out about Peter Derk’s dream to own an arcade machine someday. Preferably Robotron 2084. Preferably before the actual year 2084.

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Artist Spotlight: Rowan Hillhouse

Artist Spotlight with Rowan Hillhouse

An interview series designed to highlight the creativity, drive, and skill of the amazing students at Denver Writes, “Artist Spotlight” poses questions about writing and the writing life to authors age 8-15 and includes an excerpt from the author’s poem, story, play, comic, or essay—created in our studio at Back Space.

 

Rowan Hillhouse

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Rowan is a ten-year-old writer who attended the workshop, “The Art of Flash Fiction.” During the workshop, he authored the flash story “Amazing.”

DW: What was the inspiration behind your story “Amazing”?

RH: That day all of the kids in the workshop were given a picture to write about.   I got a picture of a dad and a girl holding hands.

DW: How did Denver Writes help you write this story?

RH: They gave me a few tips and pointers and helped me whenever I asked for help.

DW: What do you love about writing?

RH: I love that there is no limit to your imagination! You can pretty much do whatever you want.

DW: Which books or authors are you reading right now?

RH: Right now I am really into realistic fiction books that always have a “lesson to be learned” hidden in the book. My favorite book right now is Close to Famous.

DW: What are your future writing goals?

RH: I have been trying to work on a book for a long time, but have never gotten around to finishing it. My goal is to finish that book. And then to publish it.

 

Amazing

By Rowan Hillhouse

 

I am a magazine photographer, and let me get one thing straight, I don’t mess around. I was walking along a path with camera at hand. I needed a picture now. Just enough to try to capture a glimpse of the importance of family. Then it hit me. The scene was perfect, almost beautiful. The breeze was gently waving the branches of a tree. The leaves were falling down so light it was almost magic. Everything was a blur of color. No brown or black to be seen. Sun was shining through the treetops, giving off a faint glow. Birds chirped softly. And, to top it off, a girl was holding her dad’s hand. The little girl whispered something into her dad’s ear, and the scene filled with soft laughter. Now was my chance. I took the picture carefully.

Then I put my camera down. It was like a dream. The words “If only” rang in my head as I tiptoed silently away. You see, my dad and mom were never very close to me. This picture makes me want to change the past. Still, I’m glad someone else can be as happy as I wanted to be. A tear filled my eye with happiness. I could still hear the faint sound that could not be described. It was almost like honey being poured, no music, well, let’s just say it was simply, amazing.

 

 

Storybooks on Stage: Writing Contest for 1st – 3rd graders!

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Young Writers Contest for the 2nd Annual Story Books on Stage Show

WHO: Calling all 1st-3rd grade writers!

WHAT: Stories on Stage is seeking stories written by 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade authors to be read alongside published works! Winning stories will be read by professional actors and winning authors will receive two complimentary tickets to the show, meet the actors and have conversations with local picture book authors!

WHEN: The contest entry deadline has been extended to March 16, 2015
The performance of the winning stories will be Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 10:30a.m.

WHERE: The second annual Story Books on Stage performance will be held at the
Denver School of the Arts, 7111 Montview Blvd., Denver, CO 80220

HOW TO ENTER THE CONTEST:

  • Only one entry per person
  • Each entry can be no more than 250 words, typed or neatly written
  • Your story must be fictional and include these two elements:
    – a surprise
    – an unusual character
  • All entries must be attached to a completed contest entry form found here:
    http://tinyurl.com/n89g8y5
  • All entries must be received by March 16, 2015

Send your story and completed contest entry form to:

Stories on Stage
Young Authors Contest
2590 Walnut Street, Suite 8
Boulder, CO  80302

Visit their website for more information and to reserve tickets to the show!

Artist Spotlight: Tessa Hansen

Artist Spotlight with Tessa Hansen

An interview series designed to highlight the creativity, drive, and skill of the amazing students at Denver Writes, “Artist Spotlight” poses questions about writing and the writing life to authors age 8-15 and includes an excerpt from the author’s poem, story, play, comic, or essay—created in our studio at Back Space.

Tessa Hansen

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Tessa is a 14-year-old writer who attended the October 2014 “Scary Stories” Workshop. During the workshop, she authored the short story “The Shadow Behind the Couch.” Click here to read more about Tessa Hansen and to hear her scary story!

 

 

February Volunteer Spotlight: Clare Alexander

Each month, Denver Writes highlights phenomenal volunteers without which the work we do would not be possible. This is an opportunity to get to know them just a little bit better!

Click here to find out why Clare Alexander feels so incredibly lucky to be able to write for a living!

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Artist Spotlight: Elyse Hansen

Artist Spotlight with Elyse Hansen

An interview series designed to highlight the creativity, drive, and skill of the amazing students at Denver Writes, “Artist Spotlight” poses questions about writing and the writing life to authors age 8-15 and includes an excerpt from the author’s poem, story, play, comic, or essay—created in our studio at Back Space.

Elyse Hansen

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Elyse is an 11-year-old writer who attended the August 2014 Summer Camp, “Adventure Tales and Survival Stories.” During the weeklong camp, she authored the short story “Crashing.” Click here to read her interview and an excerpt from her story.

 

 

Artist Spotlight: Amanda Gin

Artist Spotlight with Amanda Gin

An interview series designed to highlight the creativity, drive, and skill of the amazing students at Denver Writes, “Artist Spotlight” poses questions about writing and the writing life to authors age 8-15 and includes an excerpt from the author’s poem, story, play, comic, or essay—created in our studio at Back Space.

Amanda Gin

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Amanda is a 10-year-old writer who attended the June 2014 Summer Camp, “Adventure Tales and Survival Stories.” During the weeklong camp, she authored the short story “When the Coyote Howls.” Click here to read Amanda’s interview and an excerpt from her short story!

 

January Volunteer Spotlight: Mary Baitinger

Each month, Denver Writes will be a highlighting a couple of its phenomenal volunteers without which the work we do would not be possible. This is an opportunity to get to know them just a little bit better!

Click here to find out what has kept Mary Baitinger coming back to Denver Writes summer camps and workshops for the last six years!

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January Volunteer Spotlight: Dave Alexander

Each month, Denver Writes will be a highlighting a couple of its phenomenal volunteers without which the work we do would not be possible. This is an opportunity to get to know them just a little bit better!

Click here to find out what Dave Alexander, who’s had that beard of varying bushiness for the last 12 years, has to say about writing!

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