Writer’s Block: Poetry in Everyday Life

It’s February, a month famous for sharing sweet sentiments, so what better time is there to talk about poetry? Whether you want to craft a ditty for that special someone–or not–everyone can learn to enjoy and even write poetry.

Most teens groan when their teacher talks about poetry in English class, but the truth is, we use poetry all the time. It adds beauty and extra dimension to writing, songs, and creative expressions. In this meeting, we’ll talk about the basics of meter, the difference between rhyme and free verse, and some common poetic devices. Then, at the end, I’ll share a writing activity so you can practice being your own poet.

Join us on YouTube, and take a moment to comment or share your thoughts on today’s video.

Learn the basics of poetry on Writer’s Block, a community for young writers.

Flag Design Contest: Vote for Your Favorite!

What teacher doesn’t enjoy seeing her students’ creativity? I sure do!

I’m privileged to teach English for Alpha Omega Academy and invited our middle and high school students to design their version of the ASU pennant (the fictitious flag of the dystopian society in my new young adult novel).

Today, I’m posting their designs here for you to vote on your favorite. The winner’s name and design will be published in The Revisionaryavailable for pre-order next month.

Below are the submissions, and I’m honestly glad you’re choosing the winner and not me! They are all outstanding and meet the submission guidelines: to design a flag that includes a child, scroll, and olive branch. From there, the students let their creativity take over, and I’m so proud of their hard work.

Each submission is numbered, and that number corresponds to a survey below the designs. Choose the one you like best, and vote by Saturday, April 29.

#1 – Design A by Brianna

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#2 – Design B by Brianna

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#3 – Design by Emily

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#4 -Design by Enoch

 

 

 

 

 

 

#5 – Design by Gabe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#6 – Design by Hannah

 

 

 

 

 

#7 – Design A by Kyrah

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#8 – Design B by Kyrah

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#9 – Design C by Kyrah

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#10 – Design by Nikole

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vote on your favorite

Complete the survey by choosing your favorite submission. The winning entry will become the flag design for the dystopian society in The Revisionary and will be published in the book.

You may select only one choice.

I am grateful to my editor Marji and Write Integrity Press for making this contest possible.

Next week, I look forward to sharing the results with you right here!

~ Kristen

 

Tweetables

You decide my book’s flag design – @kjhogrefe (Click to Tweet)

AOA students display creative talent in art contest for YA fiction novel – @kjhogrefe (Click to Tweet)