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2011-2012 I Write the Future Team

Discussion by: California Writ... on Fri, 2012-05-18 01:22 with 0 comments
I Write The Future Team

Follow this link to view a Flickr album of the 2011-2012 I Write the Future Team!

All three Year 2 Anthologies— read them here!

Discussion by: California Writ... on Fri, 2011-10-07 23:01 with 17 comments
I Write the Future Anthology

To read the writing that the I Write the Future team members contributed to all three 2011-2012 anthologies, click on the following PDFs to open each of them and print them out: When Intolerance Turns on Self; Intolerance Does Not Define or Deter Me; or Anti-Bullying Steps: Awareness to Understanding to Empathy to Action.

Writings from the 2010-2011 I Write the Future Team

Discussion by: California Writ... on Fri, 2011-10-07 22:57 with 0 comments

The writers of the poems and essays in Chapter 5 of the I Write the Future anthology pose several ways that they can write the future and make change: defining your identity rather than giving in to peer pressure, problem-solving with the help of parents and trusted advisors, responding to intolerance with creativity and purpose, and going public with your story of growth and change.

Cameron Nye, “Be Yourself”
Christine Loader, “Why Don’t Teenagers Just Be Themselves?”
Alejandro Ocampo, “Why Don’t Kids Talk to Their Parents About Their Problems?”

Writing Poetry to Make Change: Poetry of Resilience

Discussion by: California Writ... on Fri, 2011-10-07 22:56 with 0 comments

Poetry of Resilience is a documentary film by Academy Award-nominated director Katja Esson about six international poets who individually survived Hiroshima, the Holocaust, China’s Cultural Revolution, the Kurdish Genocide in Iraq, the Rwandan Genocide, and the Iranian Revolution.

These six artists present us with a close-up perspective of the 'wide shot' of political violence. Each story is powerful, but the film’s strength comes from its collective voice: different political conflicts, cultures, genders, ages, races – one shared human narrative.

Call to Write: Writing Poetry to Remember and Make Change, Teresa Chuc Dowell

Discussion by: California Writ... on Fri, 2011-10-07 22:54 with 0 comments

Read Teresa’s invitation to you to write your own poetry to remember and make change by downloading the Call to Write, the first PDF above.

Read more of her poetry that has been published in two online collections (download PDFs above):
Volume XXII: Cartesian Product in Silkworms, Inc
Danaus Plexippus Plexippus

Do Something! Make a plan! Write it up! Make it happen! Write a proposal to get your plan funded!

Discussion by: California Writ... on Fri, 2011-10-07 22:45 with 0 comments

Did you know there is an organization designed to help students your age make change? DoSomething.org is that organization. Its motto is “POWERING OFFLINE ACTION. Using the power of online to get teens to do good stuff offline.”

Link here to find out more about what teens are doing to make change— (http://www.dosomething.org/).

Published Writing from the I Write the Future Teams Year 1 and 2

Discussion by: California Writ... on Fri, 2011-10-07 22:41 with 0 comments

Members of the I Write the Future Team inspired all of us to think more deeply about these issues last year. Read the following pieces from Chapter 2, Intolerance Does NOT Define or Deter Me, and Chapter 3, Grappling with and Changing a Cultural Taboo, in the 2010-2011 I Write the Future anthology. Be sure to read their writers’ statements, too.

Kristian Rodriguez, “Overcoming the Burden of Myself”
Anarosa Esquivel, “Abate the Fear of Abnormality”
Anonymous, “I Have Two Dads: A Vignette”
Jemeka Henry, “Running While Black”
Jonathan Farias, “They’re All the Same”

Call To Write: Sara Ramirez, “You are love, you are light, and you are good enough just the way you are!”

Discussion by: California Writ... on Fri, 2011-10-07 22:39 with 0 comments

Those of you who participated in Year 1 will recognize Sara's impassioned Call to Write. We sent Sara's "Call" out to teachers and schools across the state during Ally Week last year. Surveys showed us that over 78,000 students wrote in response to her words that week, and many of you shared with us how Sara's reminder, "...you are love, you are light, you are good enough just the way you are," moved you to write about experienced and observed intolerances of all kinds.

Rugby Superstar Ben Cohen Takes a Stand: Joins HRC’s Hudson Taylor, Wrestling Champion, to Fight Homophobia in Sports

Discussion by: California Writ... on Fri, 2011-10-07 22:38 with 0 comments

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Read how ally and gay athletes are working to “combat homophobia in sports” by starting foundations and advocacy organizations.

Download PDF above.

"Joseph and Maurice," a short story, a fable by Whitney Krupp

Discussion by: California Writ... on Fri, 2011-10-07 22:34 with 0 comments

Whitney Krupp, student at Terra Linda High School, submitted this short story to the California Writing Awards, which is sponsored by the California Writing Project. Three to four judges read every submission, and every judge who read Whitney’s piece could not stop talking about the significance of what she has to say through her story. For "Joseph and Maurice," Whitney was awarded a Gold Key Award and an American Voices nomination to the national Scholastic Writing Awards, the two highest honors for California students at the state level.

Download PDF above.

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