Here are some writing excerpts and photos from students working with instructor Ben Wilkins at our far-flung outpost in Oakton, Virginia.
In our Six Word Story exercise, the goal was to imply a whole story with a beginning, middle, and end, in just six words. Here are a few samples that could almost go together:
Help me now because God won't.
Scary murderer chasing me. No! AHHHHHH!
The beast broke out: none survived.
My secret is made from
the sweetest fluff,
melting chocolate everwhere,
sugar pouring on it.
You take a bite of the sweetest thing.
If I lost this secret,
my parents would cry with joy.
A triangular prism staring in the night
Hard to follow its lazy light
It has been hidden far far away
It's secret hidden since then
People stare its prism hairs
People run away from its bears
The secret stamp has been pealed
The secret of the prism has finally been revealed
A face which mine is not
Hidden behind something genuine
Fall in love with me
But "me" is not who you look at and love.
Pull off a smell
Underneath it's dark...black
I can't breathe.
Don't pull it off
You'll find someone you see only in your nightmares
I'll see you again soon
...And an excerpt from the story "Jimmy and the Bellybutton"
There was once a boy named Jimmy Joe. One day, while he was taking a shower, he learned that if he pressed his bellybutton he could turn invisible. He also learned that when he was invisible, if he touched anything it would turn invisible too...