Imagine Magazine - Johns Hopkins - November/December 2012 - (Page 26)

Once Upon Whether your genre is drama, fiction, poetry, or journalism, there is a summer program that can teach you new skills, give you plenty of opportunities to practice them, and allow you to thrive as a member of a writing community. To give you a glimpse of a few of these programs, we asked writers in three different programs to share what they discovered about writing and about themselves. ADVA NC ED FIC TIO N BY ALE XAN DER CHE N fantasy, for a long time. Not I’ve been interested in ction, especially or Percy Jackson, but the less just the popular books, such as Harry Potter inary worlds constructed popular, more “nerdy” fantasy books with imag s I burned the midnight oil in painstaking detail. I can’t count the time e of Thrones. I took the CTY curled up with a great book such as Gam your heart?” stories of my own. ed much in their lives. The greatest storytellers have experienc Advanced Fiction course to learn to write great e on world building. Whil as full and interesting a life I discovered it’s possible to focus too much Realizing this has inspired me to try to live ing is important, he warned our instructor acknowledged that world build as possible. lopment. He n’t do this at the expense of character deve me that I could Alexander Chen is a sophomore at Mission san world experience was in the helped me recognize how important realJose High school in california. He has attended r at transforming my own scenes we wrote, and I became much bette rd ctY seven times over five years and looks forwa experiences into writing. sted in epiphany about storytellto returning this summer. alexander is intere Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog led me to an s, and cosmogonic many fields of study, including metallurgy, tactic the context of the ing. We analyzed this musical tragicomedy in he classical languages. ible becomes the villain cycle, or hero’s journey. In the end, Dr. Horr he wanted his long-time crush, always wanted to be, but he realizes that s from the conflict between Penny, far more. The tension in this movie come objectives make for a much these desires, and I realized that conflicting richer story. ial artist trying to learn My rst story was about an aspiring mart gh, he falls in love with the how to use the sword. Unwittingly, thou ts him—an idea I got during master’s daughter after she mercilessly defea about it, and even now the our first workshop. It was hilarious to write ever had love beaten into first sentence makes me laugh: “Have you PERSUASIVE STORYTELLING BY MAYA ELIAHOU My passions have always been writing and debate, so when I saw Persuasive Storytelling in CTD’s catalog, I was intrigued. I have always communicated best through writing, and I looked forward to bringing my stories to life through the course. Before I took this course, my informal voice was poorly developed and dull. My stories are now more captivating with a clearer plot arc. In addition to enhancing my writing skills, the course improved my performance technique. Articulation, proper stance, avoiding verbal stalls, and speakeraudience contracts were all part of the curriculum. At the end of the session, I wrote and performed a nal work for a number of teachers and faculty directors. My personal narrative story focused on my experience with a Belizean shaman that had a profound effect on my lifestyle. A small portion of the 10-page story is included here: My family stood at the foot of an enormous banana plantation. Pushing past neon-green fronds, we began our trek through two miles of jungle to reach the home of Segundido Howe. I was dragging my feet, wanting to throw a fit, but decided against it. We were walking on a thin dust road, which gradually tapered down to a footpath. Uncomfortably close and single file, we shuffled through the jungle like ants. I stared down at my feet, careful not to trip. After having so many accidents lately, I was feeling especially breakable. As we rounded the next bend, we saw it, our destination. A white shack was 26 imagine nov/dec 2012 sHUtterstOck

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Imagine Magazine - Johns Hopkins - November/December 2012

Imagine Magazine - Johns Hopkins - November/december 2012
Contents
Big Picture
In My Own Words
Well of Dreams
Making History Personal
A World Full of Stories
The Month of Writing Dangerously
Japan Adventures
Storytelling 2.0
On the Frontline of Digital Journalism
Once Upon a Summer
Awakening the Storyteller
Selected Opportunities & Resources
On the Doorstep of Discovery
When You’re Ready to Do Research
Off the Shelf
Word Wise
Exploring Career Options
One Step Ahead
Planning Ahead for College
Students Review
Mark Your Calendar
Knossos Games

Imagine Magazine - Johns Hopkins - November/December 2012

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