I have been putting off writing this recap, because the last week has been difficult and I would rather not re-inflame controversy unnecessarily. Things the resolution does not do: If you have not read the resolution, stop right now. Download it and read it.
Leave a comment Between the two introductory weeks of Creative Writing where we swam, visited museums, attended readings and got to know each other better, and our Fall show, there is an empty period of time.
During my past two years in the department, we have filled these weeks with Spoken Word and Experimental Fiction lessons in which we were introduced to niche genres of writing.
Both lessons were fulfilling and gave me a new perspective to incorporate into my writing for the following months.
With our daily practice of writing to music and analyzing lyrics, she introduced the idea that popular music can have literary qualities and that words on a page can have musicality. The class compiled a playlist with each of our favorite songs.
For the length of the song, we would all write in response to the music. In the beginning, I found it challenging to write in conversation with the song, especially songs I had never heard before. I soon realized that the only way to learn how to mimic rhythm in a piece of writing is through practice.
By the last prompt, it felt more natural to write to music than to write in silence. I found it interesting to watch what came to while writing based off of what I was listening to. In Hawaii, the whole island grows dark at night.
People sleep with the sun, the animals too. Streets, unlittered with lampposts, are wide and welcoming for the late-night bikers. On the beaches, small crabs glow and the moon, like a stadium light, illuminates the sand.
If you want to stay awake, you have to go to the beach. The water turns gelatinous, and the fish hold their position until dawn. Once, I tried to swim in the water at night, but it would not accept me.
I wish I was one of those Hawaiian sea creatures, cradled nightly by the sea. In addition to writing to music, Taylor taught us about our writing as music.
We had various assignments in which we would write poetry to a beat. I noticed how, with the knowledge that the piece would be set to music, my content changed. I no longer tried to create a narrative but chose words that sounded nice together, typically ending lines in a rhyme.
My group and I created a ridiculous rap that would have read awfully on the page, but, set to a beat, had a good flow. I realized how difficult it is to write music that both sounds good and reads well on the page, and now understand why most musicians prioritize rhythm over meaning.
The performance poetry unit introduced me to the importance of rhythm in writing. Even if the meter is subtle, the innate pleasure one finds in a beat will improve their experience as a listener and add a foundation the piece.
As we prepare for the upcoming Fall show, I find myself returning to the lessons Taylor taught us about reading to an imaginary beat, and how to attract the audience by doing so.
Eva Whitney, class of The Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts is a public, audition-based, alternative high school in the San Francisco Unified School District committed to equity and excellence in the arts and academics for all of our community members.
Jul 06, · Between the two introductory weeks of Creative Writing where we swam, visited museums, attended readings and got to know each other better, and our .
Jan 11, · For high school, I attended Ruth Asawa School Of The Arts, an art school located in San Francisco where I specialized in Creative Writing. In order to qualify for a place, applicants had to submit a portfolio which included three short stories, ten poems, and one play.
It does not end auditions at the Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the (creative writing, theater tech, visual arts are examples). It’s come to my attention that members of the Ruth Asawa SOTA community are planning to come to the Oct.
8 Board meeting this Tuesday out of the mistaken idea that the Board has made changes to the school. School of the Arts High School (SOTA) is a public magnet high school in San Francisco, California, in the United States. According to the school's official website, SOTA's mission is "to provide a specialized high school program and learning environment which are conducive to creative and independent thinking and artistic and academic excellence for promising students of the arts."Location: Portola Dr, San Francisco, , CA.
In your unique voice, tell us why you want to be in Creative Writing and give us insight into you as a writer: the poets, authors, and books that you love, why you write, when or how you write, if you’ve taken creative writing classes before (not required), if you’ve been to any of our CW shows or readings, etc.