Noticing, paying attention, and looking closely at our world is crucial to creative writing. But often we forget to. How can we slow down and make noticing a habit? We’ll start by reading a poem and paying attention to what the poet notices. Then, we’ll take a 30-minute filed trip of the Write On grounds, using all five senses to record our own specific observations. Finally, we’ll regroup and use of observations to write our own catalogs of gratitude.
Parents and other siblings are invited to explore the newly opened writing center while students take part in the program. Then, gather to hear the works the students have created.
This program is offered free but registration is required. Enrollment is limited to 10 students. To register a student, please click here.
Natalie Villacorta is an Asian American writer from McLean, Virginia. After studying biology and English at Brown University, she worked as a reporter for Politico. She left journalism and pursued her MFA in creative nonfiction at Oregon State University, graduating in 2018. She is now a PhD candidate in Creative Writing at the University of Cincinnati, where she is an Albert C. Yates fellow. Her creative writing has appeared in various journals, including Hobart, Moss, DIAGRAM, and The Offing.