Write Your Life
A Writing Workshop for Teens
Write Your Life is designed for students who are passionate about writing and reading. Write Your Life is designed for students whose parents wish their students were passionate about writing and reading. Write Your Life is designed for students who are not yet passionate about writing and reading.
We will also: Model sentences, Write in journals, Respond to prompts, Define and practice figurative language, Study narrative techniques, Compose fanciful and practical descriptions, Ponder theme, Make friends, Note elements of story, Expand vocabulary, Read great stories, Write great stories. All Of The Above.
I’ve worked with many seniors. Often, they are daunted by the college app task: to write about themselves and their lives. This perplexed me, until I understood: Many teenagers had not yet noticed that their own life is a story and they are the protagonist of it.
Write Your Life: To make students confident, fluent writers and more sophisticated readers. To remind them how right now they are participants in the grand laboratory of life. On the very verge of their adult lives, it is my privilege and job to help students create — artfully, joyously — the narratives of their own lives.
Each week, while students write, I make a pizza. We end class sharing their words and a warm pizza!
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Who said that? Advice to Young Writers from Some Famous Writers:
1. "Write what you know: your own interests, feelings, beliefs, friends, family and even pets will be your raw materials when you start writing. Develop a fondness for solitude if you can, because writing is one of the loneliest professions in the world!"
2. “If your daily life seems poor, do not blame it; blame yourself, tell yourself that you are not poet enough to call forth its riches; for to the creator there is no poverty and no poor indifferent place.”
3. “Read, read, read. Read everything -- trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You'll absorb it. Then write. If it's good, you'll find out. If it's not, throw it out of the window.”
4. “What I want for you, kid, is to write about what you truly love, and nothing, but nothing, less than that.”
5. "All a writer needs is talent & ink."
6. "Read everything you can get your hands on. You will learn the craft of writing by immersing yourself in the voices, styles, and structures of writers who have gone before you."
7. "The major influence on my writing has been my reading. When I was young, I read everything, including cereal boxes and coffee labels. Reading taught me sentence structure, paragraphing, how to build a chapter. Strangely enough, it never taught me spelling."
8."Almost everyone has a really great story to tell—and they are not aware that they have a great story to tell."
9. "Keep a journal. Jot down interesting stories you heard. Write descriptions of people you see. It doesn’t really matter what you write, but you must keep up practice. Writing is like a sport — you only get better if you practice. If you don’t keep at it, the writing muscles atrophy."
10. “You want to be a writer, don't know how or when? Find a quiet place, use a humble pen.”
ANSWERS: J.K. Rowling (1,5) R.M. Rilke (2) William Faulkner (3) J.D. Salinger (4) Rick Riordan (6, 9) S.E. Hinton (7) Malcolm Gladwell (8) Paul Simon (10)