Student Writing

Celebrating the creativity of students who participate in writers-in-the-schools programs or community creative writing opportunities.
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Opening Up

by Meek Thomas This essay appears in Girls Write Now: Two Decades of True Stories from Young Female Voices, published by Tin House Books in October 2018.     Ms. Sears, our school’s guidance counselor, greets me with a smile—protocol, I’m guessing, because no one is ever that happy, especially not someone whose job is to…

House in the Snow

House in the Snow by Nathaniel U. (6th grade) The house is warm and inviting the fireplace alit and wafting the bittersweet smell of smoke into my nose the snow a white blanket draped over the mountains and houses is cold yet makes you feel warm inside the ski rack is frosted over with flakes…

The Feminist in Me

by Tuhfa Begum This essay appears in Girls Write Now: Two Decades of True Stories from Young Female Voices, published by Tin House Books in October 2018.   It started with an insult, when we collided at the front door of school at eight o’clock on a Monday morning and I dropped an armful of feminist…

Ode to Winter

The Snow, a blues poem by Otto O. (6th grade) Oh, the snow, the snow, the snow. The white, the warmth, the snow. I feel so good. I think you know. But then comes the rain! Oh no, not the rain! It wipes all the good snow away. And I’m upset, thanks a lot rain!…

On a New Day

On a New Day by Donnie (7th grade) On a old day. Wars were fought, people we lost. Lives were destroyed, lost in the void. People would cry, there souls would cry. Homes were gone, by the strike of dawn. But wipe your tears, didn’t you hear? Today’s a new day. On a new day….

December Days

December Days Anushka (3rd grade) Christmas lights shining like stars On a cold winter night. Snow covering trees, Like thick white blankets. Stockings hung from the fireplace, Waiting to be filled by treats. Children going To wait for old Saint Nick. They open their presents on Christmas day With joyful faces. The snow is melting…

The Music of My Life

The Music of My Life by Josephine W. (4th grade) Sometimes I hear the pitter patter of rain the sad days of rain end with a sigh In the spring I hear the sweet giggling of children the happy day of sunshine ends with a sleepy snore In the summer, I hear the rustle of children…

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