Hello, everyone! It's been so long- three months jam-packed with exciting adventure and, in my case, languid hours spent on the dock. But in twelve short days we'll be back in school- though, as a complete writing nerd, I can hardly count a Writers Retreat work. That's the sort of thing that I've been doing all summer- see, I can see you rolling your eyes. Yes, I am a nerd. I take great pride in it.
I am really looking forward to this intensive. Fiction is my realm, the world I have created that is mine to tweak and mix up, just for the fun of it- but this intensive gives me a chance to learn about some other forms of writing, like poetry, and the short story. Both are areas I've practiced, but never really dove into- so I'm hoping to learn more about them. As for what I want to give? I'm not sure. I don't know what people need. But I do know a few things about longer fiction, and I'm willing to help out in any way I can.
Can't wait to see you all on the nineteenth! Happy writing!
Welcome, Sophie! I'm excited too. There will be short story and poetry in the class! Thanks for posting. Feel free to write to prompts or create your own to share. It's going to be a great intensive!
Wow. The 2015-2016 school year really snuck up on me. I'm not even ready to start getting up early yet. But, then again, who really ever is?
But. I digress.
My name is Sara and I'm twelve years old. I sleep in, read, draw, forget to brush my teeth, sleep at ungodly late hours of the night, and get up in the morning to do the same thing all over again. I hope that does well for an introduction.
I'd really like to learn how to write high fantasy, sci-fi, and other things that are out of this world. I've never done well with Rodagog the Destroyer or Queen Urzoth of the Orcs-type characters, and I've only dabbled with futuresque plots. I'm really hoping to be able to get the fantasy worlds out of my head and down on paper effectively. :) Also: FINISHING STORIES! The start comes easy, but the end never seems to crawl from the depths of my brain.
As for what I can bring? Hopefully, I'll be able to help with writing in the real world! I love love love big city scenes, cozy hole-in-the wall cafes, painfully meta hipsters, grungy apartments, and the like. Grammar is also my forte. Dark situations, modern-day fantasy, and characters that are unique and realistic are also things I enjoy.
Well, I bet you can tell I'm way too excited for the first day of school. See you all then!
Sara, it will be great to finally have you join my class. I posted a sci-fi prompt in response to your post. Enjoy the last few days of summer!
Salutations. It always seems to be this time of year that I start to realize how incredibly grateful that I am that Polaris has the magnificent Intensives. I am not sure if I could bear to jump suddenly into the stress and mental strenuosity of classes. However, at the same time I am in fact ready to dive in head first to the complexity and fascination of science classes and such that will build my sophomore year.
Just the other day, I was conversing with a neighbor who admitted that he was completely "left-brained." I started to think about myself, and my brain, and could only come upon the conclusion that I am in fact, "whole-brained." Is that even possible? Perhaps it sums up the concept of my existence. I have a strong passion for the numbers, systematics, and logic, yet creative juices are pumping themselves through my veins. Alas, the idea of my being "whole-brained" won't get me anywhere unless I am exercising the halves of my brain. Luckily, this intensive, a beautiful introduction back into the hustle and bustle of a daily schedule, will help me to work the organ that produces creative thoughts.
I am both ashamed and proud to admit that I did not partake in any writing this summer. Aside from writing a brief paragraph, filled with details about how qualified I am to volunteer at Alaska Regional, my pen has not met paper and spilled my creative thoughts. Partially related to the topic, however, I have been reading quite a handful, from the basics of Anatomy and Physiology to heart-wrenching novels.
I think that I do have quite a bountiful amount of knowledge for mastering the short story, topical and creative essay, and peer editing, including grammar. I also hope that it is relative enough that I can also mention my passion for public speaking. I have a plethora of information and experience in the field and feel comfortable with my talent.
As for what I would like to learn, I would love to poke my head out of my very formal, structured, and sophisticated writing shell and adventure into the dangerous waters of creative writing and novels. I am willing to sail, proud and tall, across the rocky waves and steep waterfalls that I am prepared to encounter. I will let the waters conform my mind and heart, and without any regrets, I will travel into the multiple chapters and pages of a creative novel that will soon be pouring out of my soul.
Enjoy the waves of your brain activity, whether crazy or calm, and ride the remaining open water of the ocean before you pull into port outside of Polaris, step onto land, and face the daily structure of classes.
Whole brained! I love it! The most recent brain research suggests that the left-brain/right-brain idea is a bit reductionist. So, that you resist that characterization is consistent with the latest scientific findings and this Neil degrasse Tyson's feisty response here: https://www.braindecoder.com/neil-degrasse-tyson-elegantly-debunk-right-left-brain-myth-1120713524.html. Read the short article as well. It's brief and interesting.
The sailing metaphor you wrote here is stunning. I'm so excited for this intensive! Enjoy the last few days of summer.
Wow, Savannah, I love your sailing metaphor!
Thanks, Sophie! Can't wait to see you when school starts.
It's been very interesting to read through all of the introductions so far. They are all amazing, and it has made me realize that I am not that good at introducing myself, but I've decided to give it a try anyways.
I am a freshman this year, which is kind of exciting, but also scary to think about. My favorite "foods" are Magical Layered Brownies and Donuts, I play the oboe, and I like to write short stories.
Now, about what I can give and what I hope to learn in this intensive. Aside from short stories, I also like to write scripts, and I know how the layout for play scripts is different than for movie scripts, so if we ever do anything with scripts, I could help with that. Something that I hope to learn from this intensive is how to conclude academic papers.
Bye, and have a great rest of the summer!
Hriana, welcome! I'm so glad that you are versed in script writing. I will definitely look forward to learning from you during this intensive.
These magical layered brownies and donuts sound quite delicious.
Enjoy these last few days of summer. Feel free to write to or submit prompts.
Howdy! I am so excited to be in this intensive, and to learn more about writing. I have so much I want to learn, including poems/song lyrics. I've been struggling to find the right words for my songs. I can find melodies and chords easily, but words that mean something are so hard to find.
I also have been trying to write a book. I always come up with ideas, scenes, and even characters, but can't seem to sit down and write them. I'm hoping this intensive will help me with that.
I'm excited to use Alaska and it's landscapes as inspiration for writing, and think that this will be a fantastic experience!
I can't wait to be in this intensive. It's going to be amazing! See you then!
Wow. You all have really long answers. It's not that I dislike writing long things, it's just that I don't have the attention span to write about real things for a long time, especially when the real things pertain to me. In terms of interests, I enjoy long walks on the beach, and cuddling. Lots of cuddling. Oh, or did you mean... Well, er- *shifts weight awkwardly* in terms of what varieties of writing I'm interested in, I like novels (though I only ever finished one), as well as plays, poetry, and comics. In terms of genre, I'm into adventure, dark comedy, and "speculative fiction". And superheroes. I really like superheroes. My protagonists tend to end the stories with several broken and/or missing pieces, both psychologically and physically.
I used to prefer third person writing, then I was converted to first person, but now I'm back on third, and better than ever.
Anything else about my writing history? Oh. Despite having never been in a romantic relationship, I wrote 15+ angsty romantic poems in middle school.
Looking forward to the intensives.
- Isabelle Nygren
Greetings! By reading everyone's responses I can already tell that we are a very talented group and I can't wait to be surrounded by such inspiration.
This summer has consisted of reading, playing with my beloved dog, moving, starting fresh, writing, adventuring in New York, exploring Cape Cod, and more reading. I have appreciated basking in the sun and relaxing, but I am completely ready to jump into a new school year with grand opportunities.
To me, writing has always been an outlet where I feel most comfortable to express myself and portray my emotions. That being said, my work has usually been a secret kept between my pencil, paper, and I. I look forward to breaking out of my shell and letting my peers examine my writing. This thought frightens me, being that writing is something so personal for me, yet excites me.
As for what I enjoy writing, it is mostly poetry, modern day fiction, or a jumble of what I'm feeling at the moment, which is a genre all in it's own. My parents can vouch for me when I say that I have many journals chalked full of my creative juices meeting paper. Although I write plenty, I have yet to finish anything that makes me truly proud. The previously mention notebooks do not contain a single completed story.
I hope to find who I am as a writer and how to actually complete any form of writing. I also would like to explore how to construct statements that bring a new level of power and meaning. In other words, I would like more emotion to shine through while writing to create a relatable feeling for the reader.
It has been a pleasure reading all of your comments and contributing. Soak up as much of this summer as you possibly can and I will see all of you in exactly five days.
Well... Hello. I am Max Harris and I hope to write some poetry and use the trip for inspiration and reflection. This summer I have been working for the parks service making some money and some friends. Anyway see you guys tomorrow.
Hello everyone! I am so excited for this intensive and all of the fun this that we will be doing. I have always LOVED writing, and I scribble ideas on books to write all over my homework :) but I never get to writing all of them! I usually start, and then get distracted by some book I'm reading. Opps! :)
Anyway, I am also really interested in using nature for writing. I love nature! So excited to see you all tomorrow!
Hope you had a good summer.
Waddles The Great
I can't believe I spelled 'oops' wrong!
Sorry about that :)
Ha- I've spelled oops that way so many times! Nice to know I'm not the only one :)
Hi everybody In this intensive I am hoping to get a great start to the school year and I did This was a great experience and I had a great time learning new writing techniques.
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