Today, Brad Lambert, an animator, talked with the students through Skype and showed everyone his animated movie about Joseph Palmer, the man most famous for being persecuted for having a beard. The kids really loved it, filled with historic facts, comedy and excitement. Writing is not just for books, it brings movies, plays, music and even video games to life. Inspired by world bestsellers, research, the process of publishing a script, the editing, the illustrations, the voiceover and the credits, it is all part of writing. For Brad Lambert, he wanted to demonstrate historic events through illustrations and discussions, while relating to the audience through punch lines and vivid characters. Writing is a part of everything in our daily life, so it is important to continue reading and writing because it is a part of life and will truly benefit you in the future, in any kind of career.
As for the students, they are doing great progress in their assignments. After one week of lessons, examples and research, the students are almost done and it gave me a chance to ask them what they have been working on. One student wrote about a group of teenagers training to be warriors after their orphanage burned down and witnessed a monster within the flames. Another created a short story of a jailbreak and a gruesome train. Some students are creating videos to present images to represent their stories and flipbooks with programs in which they learned about this past week. Most of the students are writing science fiction, biographies, poems and nonfiction. It is amazing how the young mind is able to create such incredible ideas into stories. Of course, some students are experiencing writer’s block. That is okay. It just proves you are ready to show the latest draft and gain an audience’s opinion. I am now speaking to everyone, from the students in the Writer’s Camp to the readers of the internet, keep on writing. Take a break, draw a picture, do some research, just take moment to see what else could be added to improve your story. Continue writing, don’t stop, and if you are stuck, ask for help. Never give up, I just know these new stories are going to ROCK!!!!!!