Hello! I have started a new part-time job teaching with Kolbe Academy in the last month, so I have had to cut down on blogging. But I’m still here. Ms. Scribbles’ Workshop is open for business. Feel free to contact me and enroll your child (or yourself!) at any time.
“Writing well used to be a fundamental principle of the humanities, as essential as the knowledge of mathematics and statistics in the sciences. But writing well isn’t merely a utilitarian skill. It is about developing a rational grace and energy in your conversation with the world around you.
No one has found a way to put a dollar sign on this kind of literacy, and I doubt anyone ever will. But everyone who possesses it — no matter how or when it was acquired — knows that it is a rare and precious inheritance.”
– The Decline and Fall of the English Major, The New York Times, June 22, 2013
I received this on Sunday, July 28, 2013. It made my day!
I hope your summer is going well! I just wanted to thank you for all your help with my essays, especially the SAT practice essays. I have taken 2 practice SAT test this summer through a tutoring program and the first time (early June), I received a 530 on the writing portion. The next test (a few weeks ago-after the workshop) I received a 690. What a drastic improvement in scores! Thank you for your assistance; I had no idea how to write a good SAT essay until your help this summer. Thank you so much!
People think you have to be old and gray to write a memoir. Not true! Maya Van Wagenen proves them wrong.
Did you know that Langston Hughes was only 18 when he wrote his famous poem, “The Negro Speaks of Rivers”? He had just graduated from high school. Here is a recording of him talking about where the poem came from and why he wrote it. He also reads it for us!
You are never too young to be a “real” writer. I am constantly amazed by what my students produce with sufficient time and attention given to their writing.
“Summer afternoon – summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”
- Henry James
“Come with me,” Mom says. “To the library. Books and summertime go together.”
- Lisa Schroeder
“Green was the silence,
wet was the light,
the month of June trembled like a butterfly.”
- Pablo Neruda
“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.”
― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
“There’s an air of love and of happiness / And this is the Fresh Prince’s new defintion of summer madness.”
- Fresh Prince, Summertime
Poets & Writers has a collection of great writing prompts on their website. They include poetry, fiction, and — hooray! — nonfiction (my personal favorite).
Browse through online newspapers for stories that took place on the same day at least ten years apart. Write an imaginative essay based on…