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Day 2 at North Tampa I.C.E. Writers: It’s All About Me

It’s All About Me! – Today we engaged in self-reflection by creating “Me” posters that provided our camp mates with a snapshot of ourselves – words and images that represented our lives, as well as our personalities.  We shifted our focus to the events of our lives that were impactful, transformative, and defining. Drawing upon … Continue reading Day 2 at North Tampa I.C.E. Writers: It’s All About Me

Day 1 at W.A.T.E.R. World Building: A Map of Here and A Map of There

For the second week of W.A.T.E.R, our theme is World Building. Every writer has to create a fictional world around their text, particularly those writer science fiction and fantasy. So much goes into these worlds that is rarely ever seen on the page. As an introductory activity, the writers drew a map of an important … Continue reading Day 1 at W.A.T.E.R. World Building: A Map of Here and A Map of There

Day 1 at North Tampa I.C.E. Writers: What’s in a Name?

“What's in a name? That which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet.” ~Shakespeare Welcome to I.C.E. Writers’ Camp! We had a delightful day getting to know each other by reflecting on our name, the stories attached to them, and exploring our own feelings about them.  Our afternoon revision lesson challenged us to look at … Continue reading Day 1 at North Tampa I.C.E. Writers: What’s in a Name?

Day 5 at W.A.T.E.R. Write Your Own Adventure: Ending with the Beginning

The last day of our Write Your Own Adventure camp was a return to the beginning. Just as with our I.C.E. Campers, those attending W.A.T.E.R. have the opportunity to be published in our E.A.R.T.H.-produced annual anthology. The campers learning all about Choose Your Own Adventure have an extra special opportunity. Using the web apps we … Continue reading Day 5 at W.A.T.E.R. Write Your Own Adventure: Ending with the Beginning

Day 4 at W.A.T.E.R. Write Your Own Adventure: A Little Bit of Coding, A Lot of Writing

So what do we do with all these CYOA stories? We've come to the point in camp where we need to PUBLISH! Writing Project camps always emphasize this because it's not enough to simply write and keep one's thoughts in a notebook. We revise for real audiences and edit to polish completed products. We must … Continue reading Day 4 at W.A.T.E.R. Write Your Own Adventure: A Little Bit of Coding, A Lot of Writing

Day 3 at W.A.T.E.R. Write Your Own Adventure: How to Talk to a Writer

The day began with our intrepid campers rewriting classic fairy tales in the style of a CYOA. We had Little Red Riding Hood beating the wolf to the grandmother's house, Cinderella hiring a maid and the wolf who tormented the three little pigs becoming a vegetarian. Then we talked about beats in screenwriting before we … Continue reading Day 3 at W.A.T.E.R. Write Your Own Adventure: How to Talk to a Writer