Léna is also a Regional Manager for Writopia Lab whose mission is to foster joy, literacy, and critical thinking in kids and teens from all backgrounds through creative writing.

"Well, the question is, what do you want to believe? Do you want to live in a world where things are possible, or in one where they aren't?" Cin, Edges.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Writing Wisdom from Fifth Graders

Free School Child Choosing Aqua Blue Colored P...Image by Pink Sherbet Photography via FlickrHappy Friday everyone. I've just come from a glorious session of working with fifth graders in a Writopia workshop. Monsters, bar-mitzvahs, and political intrigue in 15th century Wales. Their unself-consciousness is what I aspire to in writing. We adult writers need to tap into our inner ten-year-olds. Give us the support of time, space and encouragement, and we fly.
Here's what these 10-year-olds are saying:
"Writing is cool because I can control the world I'm creating - I can do whatever I want with my characters. When you're a kid you have a craving to control something bigger than you are and when I write, no-one can tell me what I can't do. Writing helps me make bigger choices."
"I've always wanted to go back in time and be part of a mystery. I create what I want to experience."
"You have so much stuff in your head and you just want to get it out - let your mind go loose - it doesn't matter what you do - it's your own creative world and you're the boss."
Don't they make writing sound COOL! Why isn't everybody doing it? Don't you just want to go and write now, after reading this? Go on, go. Turn off the internet, open up a word document, and open your mind . . .
 Have a great weekend!
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