In stories, it is not just about fairies and fantasy that never occurred. Stories consist on personal experience, history and memories of childhood. Julia Ebel came to UNCG today to discuss her journey towards being an author. She published books like Walking Ribbon, Jack Tales and Hansi and the Iceman, but within those pages and pictures, a bit of her life is contained. Walking Ribbon consists of a story from her grandmother about walking with a calf. After visiting a small town, researching her family and using her imagination to fill in the gaps, she created a story about a young girl, about nine years old, walking a calf besides a railroad. A part of her history, her experience and visions brought a new story to life.
Though we may not notice it, a part of our lives is embedded on paper. The students of the Young Writer’s Camp created their stories, videos, poems and illustrations. Whether their theme is non fiction, science fiction, a memoir, etc, it is all started within their minds as an event or thought occurred in the past, bringing forth their ideas so it may one day become real. Even their experience in the camp has become a part of themselves and everyone else, from the staff who put the program together and assisted the students with writing, to the new friends the young generation have made these past two weeks. As of today, it was the final day to complete final editing, publications and practice for the big presentation tomorrow at UNCG and later at Scuppernong Books. So far, everyone is ready and excited to present their work to their friends and family. I am so proud of them and I can’t wait to hear the new stories they have brought into the world.