Write a Video Game?!

What does writing have to do with a video game, anyway? You might be surprised. Think about your favorite games. They can have characters that you control or interact with; they can have obstacles that you have to overcome to reach a goal; they can have dialogue...

Write a 1-Minute Play

Recently the St Croix Falls Festival Theatre hosted a writing contest for grown-ups. They asked people to write a play that 1 minute long, and they read the best ones aloud on YouTube. So I wondered: What would a 1-minute play festival for kids look like? So...

Frame Yourself!

In this fun writing prompt, author Jason Reynolds talks about framing things that are important to him. One example he gives is that he has framed the contents of his grandmother’s wallet. Another is a pair of jeans he wore when he worked retail. Yes, he has a...

Flash Writing!

Hello!… Today… we… will… be… doing… another… writing… exercise! Do you ever feel like your writing ideas move at a sloth’s pace? Today we’ll work on loosening up your writing muscles and getting ideas to flow...

Make Your Own Synonyms with Jason Reynolds

It can be fun to play with words! In this video, author Jason Reynolds challenges us to invent new words that mean something similar to words we already know. He turns “jump” into “updown”. I might turn “dandelion” into...