Artist Spotlight: Felix Hillhouse

Artist Spotlight with Felix 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.

Felix Hillhouse

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Felix is a seven-year-old writer who attended the workshop, “The Art of Flash Fiction.” During the workshop, he authored the flash story “Cotton Candy.”

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

FH: Birds!

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

FH: The volunteers gave me advice.

DW: What do you love about writing?

FH: I can write whatever I want!

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

FH: I like books by the author Ron Roy.

DW: What are your future writing goals?

FH: Publishing a book about Minecraft—Ender Dragon, Wither, and Hidro!

 

Cotton Candy

by Felix Hillhouse

 

I was watching birds and one came up to me and pooped on me. So on the beach, I had bird poop on me. I changed into my swimming suit. My mom washed the poop off my clothes and I went swimming with my friend Flechter. We swam and swam until we saw bird poop in the water and then a weird bird actually talked and it said, “Let me be your pet,” and we said, “Ok.”

The bird soared through the air and went home with our moms and our new birds. The birds grew as big as are home, so they stayed in the backyard, and we went to the park with them and to the school. But one day they left us—so they just wanted us so they would not die and they didn’t. We were sad that they used us, but they said, “Sorry,” and continued to say they wanted to be our pet. “But we won’t use you this time,” and they didn’t.

So they rode them, and by them I mean us, and we loved them and took care of them and snuggled them everyday. We took them on rides everyday and every night. They were also great friends. We never went away from each other. On airplane rides we rode them.

And then my sister got a giant bird too, and she snuggled it and loved it so much and kissed and hugged it. But the bird was in love with Lowell’s bird and they married and had a baby bird that was really cute. Its name was Cookies and Cream and it stayed with us then. My and Fletcher’s birds married some girl birds, but it took a little while to marry, and we kept the babies.

Fletcher named his bird, Dark Pit, and I called my bird, Pit, and the babies never fled away because we loved them.

 

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.

Peter Derk

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.

 

 

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!

 

 

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!

 

Artist Spotlight: Clary Reichley

Artist Spotlight with Clary Reichley 

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.

 

Clary Reichley 

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Clary is a ten-year-old writer who attended the June 2014 Summer Camp, “Adventure Tales and Survival Stories.”During the weeklong camp, she authored the short story “The Dark Side of the Light.” Click here to read an excerpt from her story, and an interview with her!

 

 

Artist Spotlight: Diego Torres-Carrión

Artist Spotlight with Diego Torres-Carrión

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.

 

Diego Torres-Carrión

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Diego is an nine-year-old writer who attended the August 2014 Summer Camp, “Adventure Tales and Survival Stories.”During the weeklong camp, he authored the short story “Hunt of the Monsters.” Check out his interview and read his story here!

Artist Spotlight: Julian Tittmann

Artist Spotlight with Julian Tittmann

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.

 

Julian Tittmann

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Julian is an eight-year-old writer who attended the June 2014 Summer Camp, “Adventure Tales and Survival Stories.”During the weeklong camp, he authored the short story “COMPUTERIZED.” Check out his interview and read an excerpt from his story here!

 

 

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