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It’s a bird…it’s a plane…it’s our young writers’ SUPERHEROES!

18 Nov

Through our collaboration with the uber-cool people at Buntport Theater and The Art Students’ League of Denver, we are bringing young writers’ superheroes to life on the page and on-stage. Don’t forget to send submissions for a Superhero of your own–the deadline for contest submissions (whether you’re submittting an origin story about your superhero, a drawing, or both) is November 22! You can see full guidelines here. Check out one of our fave origin stories about a tree-green recycling diva, written by 4th grader Anna Brandner, below, and click the “Superheroes!” link at left for more superwriters.

Green Girl Saves the Day         

by Anna Brandner

Jess was walking in the park, and it had so many flowers, that it looked like a glittering rainbow.  All of a sudden she came upon a blueberry colored petunia. She thought, “That is the perfect one for my room!” So she picked the pretty petunia. She decided to smell its divine smell. All of a sudden she felt different. Quicker than you can say hallelujah she was up in the air flying! “Cool!” she said to herself. Then she saw a piece of trash. She went to pick it up but it zapped into a water bottle! Jess was confused. “How did that happen?” she asked herself.  She bent down to pick it up, but it zapped itself into a recycling bin. This was awkward. Was there something in her breakfast this morning? It had tasted fine. She decided to act normal. Could she be a super hero? The super hero of recycling! She could call herself Green Girl! Perfect! So that’s what she was going to call herself.

Then she went to go get a flower to put in a vase, when she came across a bud that hadn’t bloomed. She floated towards it and it bloomed! “That must be another one of my powers!” she exclaimed. She needed to find a costume. She found a tree green shirt, some pink and green striped pants, and a brilliant orange cape. She took petals and made recycling signs on the cape. “Perfect!” she yelled.

All of a sudden she saw some bugs, they were flying like pesky mosquitos. They were the “litter bugs.” She had to stop them, but how? She picked up some flowers like a bee collecting pollen from a flower. She inched towards them like a caterpillar on a leaf. She put the flowers right up to their noses and… achoo! They blew back as fast as a rocket. Then she picked up all the trash with her powers. Green Girl wondered how to turn back to Jess, the regular girl, in a regular town, who goes to a regular school. Where did that flower go? The one that made her turn into Green Girl? She flew back to the grass. “Oh, there it is,” Green Girl said. She lifted the flower to her nose, sniff! The wind blew and POW! She turned back to herself. Then she tucked the flower in her pocket, just in case!

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Stories from Cole

1 Nov

As part of our fall outreach program, we’ve been working with a group of 7th and 8th graders at Cole Arts and Sciences Academy, collecting stories about the Five Points neighborhood we at Lighthouse (and the students at Cole) call home. Click on the CASA link at left for some of their stories!

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?