Sometimes it's okay to get too emotional. Today, we explored the truths of who we are, what we enjoy, and what makes each of us unique. That led to some pretty amazing moments. We began the day decorating "ME" posters with images and words cut out from magazines that represented us and our interests. We … Continue reading Day 2 at St. Pete I.C.E. Writers: Maps of Ourselves
Campers shook off the rainy Monday blues and burst with creativity today. We explored all the ways in which we know our names, where they come from, and why they matter to us. We were amazed that so many campers already braved the author's chair today both veteran I.C.E. campers and our new friends. We … Continue reading Day 1 at St. Pete I.C.E. Writers: Raining Words
Today Youth Programs Director Mr. Eric returned to talk to us about what to do with "finished" writing. We'd spent the last two weeks inspired to make new writing, sharing with our peers, getting and giving feedback, and hunkered down in the revision trenches. But what next? Apparently this is a problem for a lot … Continue reading Day 9 at North Tampa I.C.E. Writers: You Are Accepted
Today with Sue LaNeve was simply wonderful. She explained who she is and her journey to publication. She shared with our writers that rejection is very hard to take and it even derailed her for some time, but when you are ready to receive it,mature enough to handle it, it's worth it! Then we moved … Continue reading Day 9 at South Tampa I.C.E. Writers: “I am a Writer”
We began our day pondering the world around us, channeling the young child within, to ask why. Today’s craft lesson involved listening and reading fables and folktales, sometimes called “Pour quoi Tales.” Pour quoi is the French word for why and so we embarked on a short hike around the campus to draw inspiration from … Continue reading Day 8 at North Tampa I.C.E. Writers: But Why?
Ms. Mari led us on an imaginative journey “behind the music” to discover the stories behind the lyrics of songs. We considered what might have happened just before or just after the lyrics, we tried to tell the back story or to tell the story from a different perspective. Embedding our writing with authentic “text … Continue reading Day 7 at North Tampa I.C.E. Writers: Let the Music Play
Another great start to another awesome week. Today, we spent the day delving deeply into Characters by pondering physical attributes, personality traits, as well as movement, dialect, thoughts, and mannerisms. Then through thoughtful questioning, our characters finally emerged so we could write about them. We ended the day comparing them to our favorite soda or … Continue reading Day 6 at South Tampa I.C.E. Writers: A Lot of Character