“This Life”

Posted on Monday, April 14, 2014

April is National Poetry Month

Poetry by D.A. Hickman from the Winter 2013-14 volume of Fine Lines.

This Life Poem by D A Hickman

“I Will Try to Write Beauty”

Posted on Monday, April 7, 2014

April is National Poetry Month.

This work is being shared by Fine Lines Senior Editor Stu Burns:

Stu Burns Poetry

 

Writing camp lets young people express themselves

Posted on Saturday, March 29, 2014

Josie Loza: Writing camp lets young people express themselves

Josie Loza Omaha World-Herald

 

When you think of camps, there’s just about something for everyone: basketball, soccer, baseball, horseback riding, drama, music, math, science, art.

Yet for all those choices, one is often overlooked: writing. The written word is one of the best ways for children to use their imaginations, express themselves and deal with their emotions, yet this fundamental form of creativity is often ignored by camp directors.

That’s why David Martin created Fine Lines Writing Camp, now heading into its 15th consecutive summer.

Martin, Fine Lines’ self-described “managing editor, president of the board and chief cook and bottle washer,” has 35 years of writing experience. A retired Omaha Public Schools high school English teacher, he has also taught at Metropolitan Community College and is an adjunct professor at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

His inspiration came from teaching a creative writing class to struggling high school students.

“I had them write stories about their lives,” he said. “They had significant stories to tell. I saw how writing touched the students.”

In 1991, he founded the literary journal Fine Lines to expand what he had achieved in the classroom and provide a place where creative writers could share their written ideas. The journal reaches all 50 states and has been read in at least 30 foreign countries.

Fine Lines Camp was a natural extension of the journal.

“I always wanted to have an academic creative writing camp,” Martin said. “For every academic camp, there are 100 athletic ones.”

Fine Lines is open to students in grades 4 through 12 as well as to college students and adults. The half-day camp, which has a camper-to-instructor ratio of 10-to-1, takes place at Beveridge Magnet Middle School, and every day guest speakers come in for 45 minutes to serve as points of inspirational departure. Speakers have included ballet dancers, flautists, cello players, comedians and historical re-enactors.

Wendy Lundeen, one of Fine Lines’ instructors, said, “We give kids so much time to work on their own writing. We try to teach them to think critically and analytically and to communicate their thoughts and feelings to express themselves.”

She said the instructors don’t tell campers what — or how — to write.

“I’m there to help with editing and revisions,” she said. “They think through their ideas and bounce ideas off one another. We try and spark their creativity, not give them rigid guidelines.”

By the end of the week, students usually have at least one story or some poetry. Much of that writing is often published in Fine Lines, which validates their writing abilities and gives them the confidence to continue.

Indeed, the changes in campers are often profound — a testament to why many come back year after year.

“We are really serious about writing. We are really serious about being creative. And we are really serious about having fun,” Martin said.

“It’s amazing,” Lundeen said. “Some of the kids didn’t even know they had writing capabilities. When they share their ideas and read what they’ve written out loud and hear the applause, their faces just light up. It’s such a joyful thing.”

Martin agreed.

“So many campers are encouraged. They say they always felt they had something to say, that they had a story to tell, that they were writers, but they never had an opportunity before,” he said. “Every year, we see people’s lives changed through the written word.”

 

Kim Carpenter, a World-Herald correspondent, wrote this story that was originally published in the Omaha World-Herald’s Kids Camp special section on Feb. 9, 2013.

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Fine Lines Writing Camp

When: June 9 to 13, 8:30 a.m. to noon.
Where: Beveridge Magnet Middle School, 1616 S. 120th St.
Who: Fourth- through 12th-graders.
Cost: $160.
Information: finelines.org.

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2014 Creative Writing Camp Presentation Schedule

Posted on Saturday, March 29, 2014

For Complete Details   2014 Presentation Schedule

 

Presentation Schedule:

June 9–13, 2014 – Creative Writing Camp #15

 

Monday:

David Martin (8:30-9:00) – Let’s Get Organized – Writing for Life

Japanese Drums (9:00-9:45)

Writing Reflections (9:45-10:00)

Snacks (10:00-10:15)

Small Groups (10:15-11:30)

Auditorium (11:30-12:00)

 

Tuesday:

Metaphors (8:30-8:45) – “Our Lives – Developed Metaphors”

Michael Campbell (8:45-9:45) – poetry, lyrics, music, rhythm, healing

Writing Reflections (9:45-10:00)

Snacks (10:00-10:15)

Small Groups (10:15-11:30)

Auditorium (11:30-12:00)

 

Wednesday:

6 Ps and Writing (8:30-8:45) – “Inspiration and Discipline”

Darrel Draper (8:45-9:30) – “The Edutainer”

Writing Reflections (9:30-10:00)

Snacks (10:00-10:15)

Small Groups (10:15-11:30)

Auditorium Readings (11:30-12:00)

 

Thursday:

Final copies (8:30-8:45) “Writing Goals”

Julian Adair – Ballet Dancers (8:45-9:30) – “Life Is a Dance”

Photography (9:30-9:45) – “Focus, Clarity, and Frame the Idea”

Writing Reflections (9:45-10:00)

Snacks (10:00-10:15)

Small Groups (10:15-11:30)

Auditorium Readings (11:30-12:00)

 

Friday:

(8:30-8:45)

Cindy Grady (8:45-8:55) – WriteLife, authors, and publication challenges

Jeff Quinn (8:55-9:35) – Magic and Creating

Writing Reflections (9:35-10:00)

Snacks (10:00-10:15)

Small Groups (10:15-11:30)

Auditorium Readings (11:15-12:00)

Those Lowdown Rejection Blues

Posted on Monday, March 24, 2014

There you sit. The message in your hand or on your screen reads,

“Thank you for your submission, but it does not meet our current needs.”

How do you not feel the lowdown rejection blues. You worked hard on that story, novel or poem. You gave up precious sleep to write the drafts. You spent hours at your computer searching for just the right literary journal or publisher for your work. You waited weeks or months for a response, and when it comes it tells you nothing useable. It doesn’t tell you why the publisher didn’t want your work, or how to make it meet the publisher’s “current needs.” What are those needs? Don’t writers have needs, too?

You are in Good Company

Marcia ForeckiWe’ve all heard the statistics. Stephen King received dozens of rejections for Carrie. Margaret Mitchell received 38 rejections for Gone With the Wind. Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time was rejected by 26 publishers before it was accepted, and went on to win the 1963 Newberry Award. Nicholas Sparks was turned down 31 times for The Notebook. Anne Frank’s diary was turned down by 16 publishers.

The takeaway from this, of course, is that if you submit your writing for publication you will be rejected. It’s in the writer’s job description. Accept it. So, how do you handle those inevitable rejections? Here are three strategies that will help you get over the rejection blues.

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Join us to Hear Fine Lines Live!

Posted on Monday, March 17, 2014

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March 22nd Reading Event

by Fine Lines Editors and Contributors

Barnes and Noble, Oak View

1:00-3:00

You’re Invited! And so are your friends! Will you be there?

 

 

 

 

Fine Lines Winter Edition is Available

Posted on Monday, March 10, 2014

Fine Lines Journal WInter rs

 

Now available for sale.

Get your copy of Fine Lines Journal today!

Why I Write

Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014

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“A cyclical addiction that I cannot deny,

I am lured by the mixing of reality with hope. I binge on the emotion, wallowing in its depth. The endorphins give me the texture, enable the distorted visions, and find the purpose in tragedy. Touching the places in the soul that are held private; protected.

The motion is not graceful and feels sudden when I urgently purge all of these senses onto the canvas. Notebook after notebook of scratches, words barely legible in the intoxication of the moment. Moving the pen to the muse – allowing her to torment me, taunt me, into motion. Purging what I have not only felt, but also seen, heard, touched, tasted, believed and was betrayed.

The cycle continues with the shame. The guilt of vanity – did I really think I could do this? The fear. Failure to touch a single soul. Failure to convey what was mine and is now yours. The crash. The hangover. The editor. Swooping in to fill my head with the pounding of doubt. The sun that filled my spirit with joyous motion has turned to burn the scars and remnants of urban, modern, social, responsible realities.

Yet, the gnawing in my gut stirs again. Am I hungry? I sneak away for a taste in solitude. I am as a child in the corner, anxious and watching the world’s motion speeding by. I begin to fill up on the moment, the passion, the fear. I succumb to swim in the poetry and let the words dance about my spirit. I greedily digest every emotion without inhibition knowing I will have to throw it all up to the universe. Pay the toll. And hope to become hungry again.”

Prose by Mardra Sikora

Published in the Summer 2012 Fine Lines Journal

Why do you write?