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Dream Keepers Writing Circle at Capitol Drive Library Fall 2015

Dear Super Writers,

I'm delighted to announce that Dream Keepers Writing Circle will be meeting the first and third Tuesdays of every month at Capitol Drive Library. We'll be giving ourselves secret super writer names, unleashing our wild imaginations, and creating stories of magic and wonder! 

-Ms. Rochelle

The Details

The Dream Keepers Writing Circle
The Dream Keeper Writing Circle will give you the opportunity to work on your writing project and share it with other young writers. Students will spend the first part of the session writing, with writing prompts and encouragement from author and writing coach Rochelle Melander. During the second half of the session, students will share these stories with each other, learning how

Capitol Library
3969 N. 74th Street
October 6 and 20
November 3 and 17
December 1 and 15
4:00-5:30 PM


October: Boo! Scary Stories 

Can you tell a scary in six words? Have you ever written a ghost story? During October we'll invent monsters and villains and put them into scary poems and stories. Come for one day and write a short scary story or attend both and start working on your National Novel Writing Month Book! 

November: National Novel Writing Month 

Come write a short novel for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Over the course of the month, students will create characters, dream up a setting, craft a plot, and write a novella (that’s a really short novel). 

December: Art and Poetry 

For students who love to create with both pictures and words, this workshop will provide you with wonderful inspiration from the world of picture books and art (and snow if we have it)! Write your poems in reaction to nature, picture books, and famous works of art. Create art to accompany your favorite words. And learn how to make art with words.


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What Happened when John decided to Do His Laundry the Old-Fashioned Way: with a Bar of Soap, a Rock, and a River. Threadbare Underwear.

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By Elly: What Elly Was Left with After She Ate A big Juicy Hamburger in Two Bites. Yummy Tummy.
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By Daquan: What Happened When I Took A Bone from a Dog Who Had Had It a Long Time. Fight. Bite.
By Tierra: The clock stopped at 11 O'Clock. Tick Tock?

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To Be Young, Gifted and Black

Last night the Dream Keepers and I met for the second time this fall. As usual, our time together begins slowly. We would rather talk and eat than write. Giggles abound. I'm tempted to be more teacher than facilitator. Both are necessary--but I sense that the young women work better for the facilitator.

Last night we read together the poem, HOWL by Nikki Giovanni from her new book of poems, Acolyte. The poem is dedicated to singer Nina Simone, who write a song called To Be Young, Gifted and Black inspired by a play of the same name written by Lorraine Hansberry. After reading the poem, the two young women decided to write on this theme. Here is their work. As usual, it is moving to me and I hope for you.

Young, Gifted, and Black
by Natalie Branch

I am young, smart, and African American. I know that may seem like a little, but it's saying a lot more than you know.

To people like my sister, being young means not having your own voice and always having to prove yourself. To me, being…