Posts made in August, 2016

Just a few words about creativity from Ira Glass

Creativity takes practice and time.  Ira Glass, the host of the radio show This American Life, has some wise thoughts on the subject.  Check it out and enjoy.  (And the words and sentences flying around in the video are just a bonus.)...

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Nothing but success at 2016 Fine Lines camp

Nothing but success at 2016 Fine Lines camp

David Martin put the following together to provide some perspective on the 2016 edition of the Fine Line summer camp for writers.  Check it out below. * * * “All good things which exist are fruits of originality.” John Stuart Mill Fine Lines creates summer writing camps for students of all ages who find peace in language. Our camps are places where writers of all abilities share stories, essays, poems, art, dance, and songs. These small writing communities become centers of metaphorical wisdom. As “Woody” Gruber, one of our best camp storytellers, likes to say, “Each writer brings a candle of light and insight to the written page, and when those sources of energy are united, they create a lighthouse that shines into the darkness and helps ‘those alone on ships at sea.’ Years ago, Archbishop Fulton Sheen used to have a television show called The Christophers, and his motto for each program was, ‘It is better to light just one candle than to curse the darkness.’ The most important thing writers can do is to light their candles by writing.” Mary Pipher has the right idea. We should use our writing to change the world. Wouldn’t it be nice if our words brought a little more light of understanding to our own corner of the world? Someday, our campers’ writing might reduce the world’s inequalities and darkness. Fine Lines’ Creative Writing Summer Camp #17: 2016 Camp Attendance: Grades 3-6                  39 Grades 7-8                  43 Grades 9-12                59 College & Adults        48 Total Campers             189 2016 Feedback from Campers: “I wanted to tell you how much fun my two kids had at camp this year. They made friends from other schools and really enjoyed it! Thank you for everything, we will be attending next summer for sure and usually talk friends into attending as well. It was awesome being at UNO this year!” –Tricia F. “Thanks for another wonderful week of writers’ camp! I really enjoyed my time with Fine Lines writers. Have a wonderful 4th!” –Julian A. “Thank you! My daughter will definitely return next year. So glad we heard of this camp! Thanks, again!” –Ann C. “I cannot fully express the joy of being at camp. That freedom to just write and the challenge of ‘You have 15 minutes left. Now write.’ It was so much fun. Thanks to you and all the Fine Lines team who made it possible. I am blooming. A most excellent week! Thank you.” –Janet B. “I did it! I wrote on and on. Attached is my poetry submission for a future Fine Linesissue. Thanks for an inspirational week!” –Kathie H. “I am writing you a tiny letter from the Crimea, looking at the wonderful Black Sea and the mountains. I wanted to thank you for my...

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