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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.

 

 

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!

 

 

Artist Spotlight: Molly Blevins

Artist Spotlight with Molly Blevins

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.

Molly Blevins

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Molly 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 “CAKE.” Read an excerpt from her story here, as well as her interview! 

 

 

Writing Workshop: Six-Word Stories (7/12/14)

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We got together to write about true stories–but we could only use SIX words to do it.

To warm up, we read examples of six-word stories from Not Quite What I Was Planning, Revised and Expanded Deluxe Edition: Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous and Obscure by Larry Smith (2008) and were surprised that an entire story could be told with just six words. Two of our favorites:

Perpetual work in progress. Need editor. (Sherry Fuqua-Gilson)

Watching quietly from every door frame. (Nicole Resseguie)

We talked about how we felt like we knew the people who wrote them–we understood exactly what they meant. With only six words, we were able to conjure up an image of each writer, and we were inspired to write our own. Here they are. As one volunteer says, “These are incredible. They’re so touching and poignant and poetic and wow.” We hope you enjoy them!

Julia T., age 10:

The things people do not think.

Watching for clues, clues of murder.

Life, death, war, peace, magic, ME!

Best friends through life and death.

Watching, waiting, observing. Stealing a cookie.

Sneaking into sister’s room. Oops, caught!

A blank page, why give in?

Pencil of gold, paper of dreams.

Mom! You know your ring? Well…

Jab, poke, lunge, the final point.

Chocolate? Veggies? What madman made this?

Flashing silver, fading footsteps, a scream.

Who needs instructions? A chainsaw apparently.

Dark crimson dripping, a knife clattering.

Silence, the holocaust is finally over.

Safe, my guard dropped, arrow flying.

Cup of life, blood of immortals.

Solid things fade, memories are forever.

New friends, new ideas, all fun!

 

Ella B., age 11

I fell. I forgot to cry.

A flaw in my flawless plan.

Cobblestone streets, far away from home.

Out of my shell. Nothing changed.

Your appearance becomes others’ thoughts.

Doors to open, more to close.

Spinning freely, no rules be told.

Funky, spunky, forever we will write.

Pencils and paper, ideas spark imagination.

 

Ellen R., age 10

Follow sensible rules. Break unreasonable ones.

Brother’s room. Steal underwear. Soak. Freeze.

Love. Betrayal. Bloody stumps. Broken heart.

 

Liv H., age 10

Mom! Mom! Liv ate my chocolate!

What? It was just sitting there.

Foil knife vs. pickle = sister-love.

Books, chair, alone, quiet. Ah, paradise.

Not bad, good. Not normal, weird.

Bad poem, odd decision, really Apollo?

 

Jonas S., age 7

I don’t like pears, everyone does!

I went camping in the mountains.

 

Rowan H., age 9

Regret is guilt, but good cookie.

Chocolate shake good, veggies a no-no.

Coffee shop above, imagination down below.

Boys are awesome, girls are better.

Expressing feelings in words, Denver Writes.

 

Ellie S., age 11

I’m here, can you see me?

But dad! I didn’t do anything, ugh.

Too many holes to poke through.

 

Lilia S., age 11

Out of laughter comes deep memory.

Pencil poised, paper there, ideas not.

Clown’s balloon against sky’s blue backdrop.

 

Kat E., age 13

boy lied. girl cried. love died.

sacrifice to make, heart to break.

breath of life, death by knife.

loved her, but he left her.

as skies turn gray, happiness fades.

big city full of little expectations.

it’s all fun and games until…

pen and paper, become the dream-maker.

 

Phoenix M., age 10

The pen breaks, black ink everywhere.

Laughing, playing, bouncing, until I fall.

Big eyes, nose twitching, running away.

I run, I trip, I scream.

 

Kevin Peterson (volunteer)

Nothing said to nobody in particular.

In constant need of creative validation.

Don’t overthink it, just write it.

Six words can say so much.

I asked. My cat said nothing.

I said: ‘I think that’s right.’ Or ‘I think that’s right,’ I said.

Cold rain falls on midnight roads.

Icy rain falling over dusk roads.

Fluffy snow settles on quiet roads.

 

 

Published: Our Anthology from June Summer Camp (2014)

Adventure Tales & Survival Stories :: Summer Writing Camp :: June 14 – 18, 2014

Thirteen kids, one student intern, one lead instructor, and many volunteers trekked through Denver looking for inspiration for our adventure tales and survival stories. Laura Miller, our lead instructor, designed this cover for our anthology. Isn’t it cool? The images come from the villains and elements found in our stories, and were created by us kids. Check out our stories here!*

June Summer Camp COVER FINAL (1)

*Please note: You can print this in booklet format if you’d like — just save it as a pdf and choose the “Booklet” setting in Adobe Reader when you go to print. Having a duplex printer is necessary, but if you don’t, Office Max does! There are a lot of pages, and Denver Writes is working on printing these out and binding them in an interesting way so we can send a copy to each summer camper. Stay tuned June Summer Campers!

In the meantime, enjoy this online copy.

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