Writing Workshop & Teen Writing Institute

Welcome to week 2 at SJSU
Teachers teaching…

teaching Kate teaching Ms Elena teaching ms milner

Student Comments

The Bradbury assignment was fun because it pushed us out of our comfort zone to write in a different format and with lots of literary devices. – Kasey
I enjoyed analyzing the literary devices of a piece.  I would love to them in future works.  – Tal
I was able to learn how to write like “high level” authors.  I implemented new literary devices to emphasize specific sections within a writing piece.- Jacob
I enjoy taking inspiration from other pieces from writers like Ray Bradbury.  Taking his work and running my own way with it taught me more about myself as a writer and as a thinker. – Dana
  • “Camp has been nice and pleasant and very inspirational; creating worlds with Ms. Jayne and screenplays with Ms. King has motivated me to continue writing and pursue a career in literature.”

  • “Camp was a great experience; it gave me a chance to learn about new topics and improve on what I already know.”

  • I really enjoyed creating my very own digital story about my mom, a woman in tech, with Ms. Kate Flowers. Digital storytelling is this insanely creative medium to tell a story and it is interesting to learn about. I also loved learning all about screenwriting with Ms. King. As a class, we even drafted our own screenplay-musical.

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Listening and sharing

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“We have been working on creating characters:  they need a good “back story,” a consistent personality, and a consistent world.  They need to be compelling because we can relate to them.  They should be sympathetic.”   – Lucas
“In Ms. Flowers digital class we worked on adding images, music, and video clips to our non-fiction writing. It was fun.” – Lucas
“In Ms. King’s “writers playground” class we worked on developing conflicts and conflict resolution in stories by playing the “conflict-resolution” game.  One student would create an imaginary conflict and then the next student would have to develop a way that character might push on through the conflict.” – Florence

Writing Around the Campus

GR8 writers on steps
Photo Credit: John Wou

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Teacher and Peer Feedback

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Focused Writing Time

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Rest and Refreshment

recess recess2 lunch teachers

Book Promotions and Posters

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