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QUIZ: Which places in the school correspond with these haikus?

A collage of various haikus written by Creative Writing 2 students.

Ulaa Kuziez, Staff Writer

April 8, 2020

Were you wondering what all of those random poems plastered around school were? They are haikus: a traditionally Japanese poem consisting of three short lines that do not rhyme. Creative Writing 2 students wrote haikus and showcased their work by displaying them around the building. With mostly a sen...

Art responding to art: Creative Writing 2 and the art department’s curriculum collaboration

Searching for the piece of art that she will respond to, Creative Writing student and senior Allainah Crawford looks at works from the AP Design and Photography class. “This project is ‘free range’ compared to some of the other ones,” English teacher Dan Barnes said. “With express the music, we have word count, [but] with this one, I just want my students to be inspired by art.”

Zoe DeYoung, Staff Writer

February 4, 2020

Ekphrasis—better described as art responding to art—is a practice that English teacher Dan Barnes knows well.  When Honors English 3 was offered as a class, Barnes taught ekphrastic response, having his students respond in writing to various pieces of art. The class then became Advanced Plac...

From students to published authors: Creative Writing 2 will host E-book release launch party at the Wolf Cafe

Working on his novella before the approaching publishing date, senior Hayden Riehl hopes to grow both his understanding of the world around him and the world’s understanding of him. “I find writing for storytelling to be incredibly therapeutic, just from some of the stories that people have written in class that I've [seen],” Riehl said. “It was them literally working through a trauma that they've had in the past or something that they're trying to get their own heads wrapped around. Stories can do that. They can help you navigate a sea of your own thoughts.”

Brinda Ambal, Staff Writer

April 30, 2019

In a frenzy to finish before their deadline, the Creative Writing 2 class logs hours that will result in a published E-book on the Amazon Kindle Store. Amazon’s self-publishing program, Kindle Direct Publishing, will help students enrolled in Creative Writing 2 achieve their goals of becoming published...

Honors English students strive to complete a novel in the month of November

Freshman Makenna Dunn works on her novel in the computer lab. Students were required to work on their novels at home each night to make steady progress.

Sabrina Bohn, Carly Anderson, and Sydney Kinzy

November 17, 2017

Students in Kim Hanan-West’s Honors English I class are getting hands-on writing experience by participating in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), with the goal of completing a 50,000 word novel by Nov. 30. “A lot of what we’re doing is together, sort of collaborative learning, and it’s t...

Reflections inspires creativity within students

At the beginning of most meetings, students are given a prompt to write or draw about.

Sydney Kinzy, Features Editor and Staff Writer

February 19, 2015

Reflections, West's literary magazine, offers inspiration for writers and artists so they can express themselves.

POW: Dr. Angela Frye, Creative Writing

POW: Dr. Angela Frye, Creative Writing

Allie Collins, Convergent Media Writer

January 22, 2015

"Why do you have such an interest in movies?"

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