Young Writers’ Camp Wrap-Up

3 Aug

We have successfully navigated the multi-genre’d waters of another Lighthouse Young Writers’ Summer Camp! Instead of staying boarded up in the Ferril House this year, our young writers hit the town, visiting the artists-in-residency at PlatteForum and pondering energy in its various forms at the Museum of Contemporary Art’s current exhibit. Finally, we finished up with a fabulous participant reading at the Tattered Cover. Here’s something 8th grader Izzy Lidsky read (and wowed us with):

The Art of Popularity by Izzy Lidsky

Be pretty, like Owl City, like Rihanna, wear Aeropostale, have good hand writing, wear pink, love blue, play soccer, have long hair, be skinny, be tall, be an 8th grader, be perfect, don’t be ‘shallow,’ hang out with the popular guys, flirt with the popular guys, be in love with Harry, Eli, Alex, like Justin Bieber, show your bra, even in the winter, be a bestie, have a phone, be in stagecraft, be boppy, have a ‘sister,’ don’t like actual music, think I’m weird, deny popularity, be exclusive, have inside jokes, don’t wear too much eyeliner, keep your UGGs in prime condition, pretend, be weird, glue things to your face, stay up watching TV, use the peace sign with the pursed lips, act, sing, pretend not to notice that all the boys are totally in love with you, be modest, wear glitter, shop at American Eagle, ask ‘am I fat?’ compliment your bestie, ‘jam’ with your bestie, use the word bestie too much, lie to your parents, make out even though you’re single, think dating is overrated even though you know you want to, try not to be loud, don’t make a fool of yourself, paint your nails bright colors, overdo the mascara, have a Gmail, have a Facebook, watch YouTube, be in touch with pop culture, don’t know every member in Led Zeppelin, don’t burst out in song, don’t just dance with yourself, don’t tell the guy you like you like him, don’t be like that, points and laughs.

What if I’m not like that?

What if I like Heavy Metal, what if I go to School of Rock, what if I write poetry, what if I actually do my school work, what if I like black, what if I DO wear too much eyeliner, what if I wear big sweatshirts and skinny jeans, instead of a new Abercrombie shirt, what if my bed has giraffes, not snowflakes, what if I start singing ‘Wish You Were Here’ instead of ‘Vanilla Twilight,’ what if I AM a Harry Potter nerd, what if I like tye-dye, what if don’t do swim team, what if I don’t like Harry? what if I like camp more than real life, what if I write songs?

Then what?


One Response to “Young Writers’ Camp Wrap-Up”

  1. Daniel Van Note September 3, 2010 at 12:54 pm #

    That was a very nice piece. it summed up what i think every day but dont have the courage to say.

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