“Where I’m From” Poem

Amber Norwood Creative Writing, Description & Scene

Exercise Prompt: In response to George Ella Lyon’s “Where I’m From,” construct your own poem in the same format.   I am from the land of the Quetzal, from where you can feel volcanic sand flying through the air vegetation around you. Spanish is flowing from north to south east to west sometimes the neighbor knows more about your life …

Desperate for Space

Amber Norwood Creative Writing, Description & Scene

Exercise Prompt: Describe your space in detail. Make sure you use words that evoke at least 3 of the 5 senses. Choose a clear organizing strategy for your description (see Oregon Writes) such as inside to outside, top to bottom, front to back, or oldest to newest. I miss my home, I’m stuck in this two bedroom apartment.  I would …

Driving While Black

Amber Norwood Creative Writing, Description & Scene

Exercise Prompt: In response to Claudia Rankine’s Citizen, describe a racial/ethnic microaggression experienced by the speaker and its impact on the self. Make sure to use rich, vivid, sensory detail as Rankine does in her text. Study her words closely. How do words evoke feelings? You are going out with your friends on a Friday night in Los Angeles.  You …

A Splash of Colors

Amber Norwood Creative Writing, Description & Scene

Exercise Prompt: Write a creative scene about your space from the point of view of a person or object different from yourself. Imagine who might be visiting this space and why? How are they different from you in terms of race, class, age, gender, ability, or other factors that might influence their perception of the space? What would their impressions …

My Home

Amber Norwood Creative Writing, Description & Scene

Exercise Prompt: Describe your space in detail. Make sure you use words that evoke at least 3 of the 5 senses. Choose a clear organizing strategy for your description (see Oregon Writes) such as inside to outside, top to bottom, front to back, or oldest to newest. When entering the space of my home, you will notice the family photos …

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Jennifer Lee Creative Writing, Film and Media, Visual Rhetoric, Wings

Matthew 10: 38-39 It’s been 3 years since that day. Almost everything before that is a blur. Numerous moments have been forgotten inside my mind. I can’t even remember what I did the day before that. Everything that I had done on that specific day is all pencil shavings: meaningless and without a purpose. Everything lacked purpose. It was the …

Being Average: A Short, Poorly Drawn Comic

Vana Derohanessian Creative Writing, Wings

This charming comic depicts the types of concerns that are shared by so many first-year college students, like the feeling of being average or simply not good enough. Her candid writing, along with her so-called “poorly drawn” illustrations, appeal to the reader in a humorous, unpretentious way. Click on the link below to read the entire comic. Wings2014BeingAverage

Hope Lost in the Ocean’s Ugliness

Amber Norwood Creative Writing, New Voices, Previous Editions, Responding to a Text, Social Criticism

Isolated in an ocean of grey, none others present but the clear loose plastic that surrounds the abandon wooden boat. A wooden boat whose appearance looks like rusty, ancient handles bars from a forgotten bicycle. This immense amount of waste floating on a grime-filled body of water is motionless. His hope is trapped in the surroundings of multiple junk food …

Composing Writing: Where Academia and Blogging Meet

Cody Deitz Creative Writing, Film and Media, Literary Analysis, Previous Editions, Wings

Composed of the work of an entire English 114B class, this website has tons of content to explore.  The site is divided mainly into three sections, each containing student work from one of the Projects: The Body, Beauty, & Gender; Monsters and Mythology; and Online Business Portfolio.  Spend time reading through the various student texts and remember to view the …