Category Archives: Amazing Amy’s Writing Club

Colorful Poetry and Onomatopoeia

The past two meetings of the Amazing Amy’s Writing Club have produced some successful and highly creative work by our young authors! The members of the club have been working hard on creating stories that incorporate their own sound words, and in honor of April’s designation as Poetry Month, they have also put their pens (and pencils) to work writing rather colorful poetry.

First, they tackled the onomatopoeia–a long word used to explain words that make the sound they are describing. For example, Whooshbzzzzzzzand zap all come readily to mind. But the challenge for our members was two-fold: not only did they have to write a story using multiple sound words, they also had to determine how best to spell their words to produce the desired sound effect. They all rose admirably to the task (as they always do) and you can read their stories by clicking here.

Next, we moved on to poetry. Now poetry can be intimidating for some, but we learned that poems don’t always have to rhyme, and often they tell a story. Well, our members our pros when it comes to telling a story, but we decided to start by writing poems about different colors. In no time at all, we were seeing poems about what different colors make us think of, feel, taste, etc. Then, with the time left, a couple of our members started writing poems that told stories and featured fun rhyme schemes. You can see all of their poetry by clicking here.

The Writing Club, for authors ages 8+, will be meeting tomorrow afternoon from 4-5pm. Hope to see you there!

Very Special Gardens

Our last meeting of the Amazing Amy’s JUNIOR Writing Club was a real treat. We read the fantastic My Garden by Kevin Henkes which tells the story of a young girl imagining what special things she would grow in her garden. For instance, she might grow chocolate bunnies, jelly beans, and sea shells. Who wouldn’t want to have a garden like that?

 

Certainly, the members of the writing club were quick to imagine what they would grow if they had a magical garden like the one in the story. Here are just a few of their ideas: suckers and superheroes, monkeys and cupcakes, as well as friends and books. These sound like wonderfully lovely gardens indeed. You can check out their full gardens by clicking here.

Amazing Amy’s JUNIOR Writing Club had to take a break last week due to all of the amazing events going on at the store over the past several days. But we’ll be back this Thursday from 4-4:30pm and I hope to see you there!

Draw Us a Story

Over the past two meetings of Amazing Amy’s Junior Writing Club we have been learning about story structure. We have talked about the beginning, the problem or plot, the solution to or consequence of the problem, and finally the ending. We learned that almost all stories can be broken down into these four simple, but essential steps.

To help illustrate this point, we talked about some of our favorite stories, and boiled the plot down to the aforementioned steps. We decided that this story structure was so fundamental, that sometimes you wouldn’t need words at all to tell your story. That simply drawing a beginning, followed by the problem and solution, and then the ending is so universal that when looking at the pictures our imaginations can fill in the story.

For example, we took a cue from the more advanced Writing Club and read  Stick by Steve Breen.

stick

This book does a great job of using primarily illustrations to further the plot of the story. Not to mention that it follows the same pattern of beginning, problem, solution, and ending. Plus, the writing clubs really get a kick out of Stick’s (mis)adventures. You can check out the Writing Club Junior’s efforts at drawing their own stories by following the four key steps by clicking here.

This past week we continued our work on story structure by breaking down the basic components of fairy tales, but our work with those stories is still on going. This Thursday, at our last meeting for April, we will be finishing up our discussion of story structure, as well as reading My Garden by Kevin Henkes and writing about what we would grow in our gardens if we could grow anything…that’s right–anything at all. Hope to see you there!