Poetry Edition 2: Acrostic Poems

This is the second issue in a series of poetry editions. Poetry editions will be published in quick succession and feature a variety of poetic styles.

These poems are acrostic poems. Acrostic poems have the vertical spelling of a word hidden in their lines.

Inside the Mind by Jason Bland

Inside
Nothing hides
Secrets
Information
Dark thoughts
Even how you’re feeling is
Too real to
Hide
Escaping isn’t an option
Minds are traps
Inside the human head
None survive it until your mind
Dies


Live or Survive by Jason Bland

Life
Is
Very
Eventful, but are we living
Or surviving
Really.
Surviving or living
Under a bridge or in a house
Rags or riches. No money for
Vacations
Is life living or just surviving
Vaguely
Escaping


Friday by Grace Watson

Friday night is when the crowd
Roars with excitement
In the bleachers, Moms and
Dads cheer on their kids
Athletes face off on the fifty
Yard line.


Walden by Grace Watson

While Thoreau lived in a cabin by
A lake, he couldn’t
Live deliberately.
Day after day, he fell into a routine. And
Everyday, he risked his life in the wilderness. He
Never succeeded.


Graduation by Katelynn Starliper

           God, I am
           Really, really
           Anxious and
           Distressed because of
  Graduation
          And
          The Fact that
          I’ll
         Officially
  Be an adult


College by Katelynn Starliper

              Could there be anything
           Worse than having to have
           A life plan?
               Like, I’ve been treated like a 5 year old for
         Twelve years, but now, I’m expected to make my own decisions
              God, who came up with such a
 Horrible idea.


Miserable by Remington Hiles

Melancholy
Ill
Suffering
Easily hurt
Rueful
Afflicted
Brokenhearted
Low
Eventually destroyed


Charla by Ciara McDaniel

                           Cherishing every moment of
                            Happiness
                        That can be absorbed
                  My hero
Who makes my life worth living
                          Family by default, best friends by choice

Poetry Edition 1: William Carlos Williams

This is the first issue in a series of poetry editions. Poetry editions will be published in quick succession and feature a variety of poetic styles.

Our first poems are inspired by the work of William Carlos Williams (specifically “The Red Wheelbarrow,” and “This is Just to Say“). Click the poem titles to view the original poems. The student poems are featured below:

Based on “This is Just to Say”

Based on “The Red Wheelbarrow”

 

Issue 13: Business Memos

Please Note: While each of these stories have gone through multiple rounds of editing, these pieces were created and edited by amateur writers and may contain errors.

Our students have been writing parodies of business letters. Since they are not actual stories, most of them will not have titles, instead the title will just have the students’ names.

We hope you enjoy and please leave a positive comment or share if you liked them!

Grace Watson

Josephine Mundorf

Katelynn Starliper

Morgan Plank

Victoria Smith

Morgan Langenstein

Emily Young

 

 

Issue 12: Contests

Please Note: While each of these stories have gone through multiple rounds of editing, these pieces were created and edited by amateur writers and may contain errors.

These stories were created by our students to enter into various contests. Because each story had different requirements, there are many different genres and formats in this issue.

We hope you enjoy them, and we would appreciate any positive comments!

A Game Worth Watching by Genesis Burch

Easy Come, Easy Go by Emily Young

Too Sober For This by Newt MgGee

Dungeon by Josephine Mundorf

Norman’s Bunny/ Best Bud by Remington Hiles

Zombie Journal by Jason Bland

 

Issue 11: Graduation Speeches

Please Note: While each of these stories have gone through multiple rounds of editing, these pieces were created and edited by amateur writers and may contain errors.

With graduation coming up, we thought it would be fun to write graduation speeches! Each student wrote their own speech to their own graduating classes.

We hope you enjoy the following speeches! We would appreciate any positive comments, and if there is a speech you enjoy in particular, please share!

Stranger Dogs by Morgan Langenstein

The Future by Krissy Smelser

A New Beginning by Genesis Burch

Moving On by Victoria Smith

Line Up by Emily Young

Why is This Class a Thing? by Kerry Nelson

The Death of the Class of 2018 by Grace Watson

Goodbye to the Armpit of Hell by Katelynn Starliper

 

Issue 10: Eulogies

Please Note: While each of these stories have gone through multiple rounds of editing, these pieces were created and edited by amateur writers and may contain errors.

For the past few weeks our Creative Writing class has been working on writing our own eulogies. We chose another classmate to read it out loud to the class and attempted to write it from their perspective and wrote as if we had lived long, vaguely successful lives.

We would appreciate it if you would leave a positive comment and share the stories you enjoy!

That Fusty Wench is Finally Dead by Taylor McBee

Emily Young’s Eulogy by Emily Young

Her Accomplishments by Grace Watson

Kerry Nelson, Local Looney, Is Dead by Kerry Nelson

Genesis Burch’s Eulogy by Genesis Burch

There are 5 Stages of Death by Marley Dowell

Issue 9: Fake News Stories

Please Note: While each of these stories have gone through multiple rounds of editing, these pieces were created and edited by amateur writers and may have some errors.

The Creative Writing class has been writing fake news stories. Below are a few news stories that were selected to be published. We would appreciate it if you would leave a positive comment and share the stories you enjoy!

Prince Harry Boycotts Carrots by Katie Fleece

Your Friendly Liberal Neighborhood Celebrity by Grace Watson

Dog Rescues Woman Buried Alive by Marley Dowell

Southern Californian Men Start Wearing Makeup and it’s Serious Business by Josephine Mundorf

BREAKING NEWS: Katie Perry Dies From Plane Crash by Natalie Young

 

 

 

Issue 8: Microfiction

Please Note: While each of these stories have gone through multiple rounds of editing, these pieces were created and edited by amateur writers and may have some errors.

The Creative Writing classes have been working on writing microfiction pieces lately.  Microfiction are short stories that are less than or exactly 100 words in length. Below are a few microfiction works that were selected to be published. We would appreciate it if you would leave a positive comment and share the stories you enjoy!

*A note from the instructor: The authors of these pieces have branched into a variety of topics, some happy and some sad. Our work up to this point has focused largely on personal narrative, and so I feel it prudent to remind our audience that students will and are encouraged to write narratives in voices other than their own. Some of the narratives below feature sensitive topics.

Happiness is a Warm Gun by Taylor McBee

Little Friend by Kerry Nelson

The Tree’s New Limb by Emily Young

Amanda’s Escape by Grace Watson

God I Hate Kids by Katie Fleece

Anyways by Marley Dowell

Jimmy the Christmas Pizza by Tyler Miller

At Least I’ll Always Have Joe by Katelynn Starliper

Issue 7: West Virginia Young Writer’s Contest Entries

Please Note: While each of these stories have gone through multiple rounds of editing, these pieces were created by amateur writers and may contain errors.

For the past few weeks we have been writing stories to enter in the West Virginia Young Writer’s Contest that is coming up. Each student was allowed to write in any genre they wanted and were able to take their stories in any direction they felt worked the best.

The Misadventures of Shawn and Carl by Katelynn Starliper

Something Else? by Kerry Nelson

Trapped by Morgan Langenstein

The Mythology of Homosexuality by Katie Fleece

Let Me Stand Next To Your Fire by Marley Dowell

Issue 6: Inspirational People

Please Note: While each of these stories have gone through multiple rounds of editing, these pieces were created by amateur writers and may contain errors.

For the last few weeks our Creative Writing class has been working on stories about people we find inspirational. In the beginning of the school year, we wrote a poem about a friend or family members that inspired us. Then, before Thanksgiving Break, we used those poems to help us find a memory to write about.

Setting the Bar by Grace Watson

My Inspiration by Victoria Smith

Colonel Young by Emily Young

A Mother’s Love by Genesis Burch

Backbone by Josephine Mundorf

Faith by Morgan Langenstein

Issue 5: Satire

Please Note: While each of these stories have gone through multiple rounds of editing, these pieces were created by amateur writers and may contain errors.

These past few weeks our Creative Writing class has been working on writing satires! A group of students picked a few of the best ones to share and we hope that you enjoy them! You can access these stories by clicking on them and we would love it if you shared these stories and left a positive comment!

The Clowns that Ruined it All by Katelynn Starliper

The Mouth Breather Law by Jason Bland

Kids Who Don’t Eat Their Vegetables by Victoria Smith

False Advertisements by Marley Dowell

Recently our school’s Cross Country team participated in States. One of our classmates went to the event and below you can find her memoir that she has written about the experience. We would greatly appreciate it if you chose to leave a positive comment!

Unpredictable by Ciara Mcdaniel

 

Issue 4: Children’s Horror Stories

Please Note: While each of these stories have gone through multiple rounds of editing, these pieces were created by amateur writers and may contain errors.

To get into the spirit of Halloween, our Creative Writing class has been working on creating horror stories meant for children! We hope you enjoy these stories, which you can access by clicking on. Please share and leave a positive comment!

The Noot Noot of Terror by Taylor McBee

Cry Baby by Genesis Burch

You Stole My Running Shoes by Ciara McDaniel

Caught Up in That Mess by Morgan Langenstein

My Cookie Eating Buddy by Remington Hiles

Issue 3: Genre Narratives

Please Note: While each of these stories have gone through multiple rounds of editing and several revisions, these pieces are all done by amateur writers and could possibly contain typos or errors.

Our third issue is genre narratives. Each student chose a different genre (society, romance, thriller, etc.) to write about. Hopefully you enjoy the stories listed below, which you can access by clicking on them. Please share and leave a positive comment!

Hammer by Marley Dowell

The Trials by Grace Watson

Flight 76 by Emily Young

Crashing at War by Thomas Munson

Ready or Not, Here I Come by Genesis Burch

We Were Born Sick by Taylor McBee

Issue 2: Memories

Colleen Anderson (author and owner of Mother Wit and Design in Charleston, WV) visited our class and shared some short personal narratives with the creative writing students. Colleen’s examples focused on finding a greater lesson in every day experiences.

After sharing her hand selected stories with us, she encouraged students to draw a map of a personally important place. Some students drew their bedrooms while some drew a relative’s living room. Others drew a favorite playground or park.

The flash fiction narratives below are the products of that exercise, the distillation of those treasured memories.

Milk and Cookies by Jason Bland

Embarcadero by Josephine Mundorf

My Life as a Handicapped Child by Krissy Smelser

Boomer by Marley Dowell

One Fish at a Time by Remington Hiles

Issue 1: Personal Narratives

Please Note: Even though each of these student works went through multiple revisions and several rounds of editing, they are still works by amateur writers and may contain errors or typos.

Our first issue is personal narratives. My students worked really hard to turn their interesting lives into interesting reading.  We hope that you will enjoy them. Please access the stories through the links below. Be sure to share and leave a positive comment:

The Strength Race by Ciara McDaniel

The Drunk Car by Josephine Mundorf

The Afternoon Spent with Satan by Katelynn Starliper

Aunt Cynthia by Marley Dowell

Cooper’s Rock by Victoria Smith

Where Are the Pierogies? by Kaitlin Fleece

Home Run Derby by Jason Bland

The Red Wheelbarrow

By Tyler Miller
So much depends
Upon

Remembering to lock
Your door

When your mom is home
And you’re doing inappropriate things

In your room


By Katie Fleece
So much depends
Upon

The length of a butterfly
Wing

And how fast it
Flutters

In the sky


By Krissy Smelser
So much depends
Upon

The human ear
Whether it cares
Or not

To listen to the
sweet sound
Of music


By Remington Hiles
So much depends
Upon

Whether the toilet
Is clogged

You have to clench
Tightly

Then plunge until it is
All gone

 

This is Just to Say

This is Just to Say by Kerry Nelson
I hate poetry
And this
Was done last
Minute

And which
You probably
Don’t care
About this

Forgive me
I have given
Up on
This assignment


This is Just to Say by Grace Watson
I have failed
A system
That failed me
In return

I’m sorry
I didn’t meet
Your impossibly high
Standards

That were put
Into place by monkeys
In expensive suits


This is Just to Say by Emily Young
I have gotten
Another dog
That was on
The side of the road

And which
You are probably
Upset
I’m sorry

Forgive me
He’s so cute
So fury
And so nice

BoBo’s Scandal by Morgan Langenstein

To whom it may concern:

Our company, BoBo’s Locked Closet Door, is very sorry for the incorrect shipment of 200 boxes of premium accessories to Babies R Us. We received your complaint in the mail, and we are very sorry that our delivery men put our products in your teething section. Refunds for the premium accessories that were bought by your customers will not be necessary, as you did not wish to buy our product.

We, as a company, would like to thank you for the advertisement, as many new mothers are buying our products. Many DIY videos have been released on Facebook about our products becoming the best teething toys for babies. The mothers liked the products size because they are less of a choking hazard, and our company has really benefitted from this mishap.

Our website and company have never been so popular, and we have even raised enough money to open a second store. We also received a request to go on How It’s Made, because customers want to see handling and processing, and we have started a line of organic premium accessories.

We have made many improvements to our business since the incident, and feel we owe you some part of this, so if you would ever like to purchase any of our products your company shall get them half off. We wanted to write a letter of apology and also thank you for the promotion, hopefully you will eventually find our products fit for the aisles of Babies R Us. Make sure to check out our website at BoBosLockedClosetDoor.com.

Happy Shopping,

Sincerely,

BoBo’s Locked Closet Door 😉

Lions Gate by Emily Young

521 N Fort Lauderdale Beach

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

To Whom it May Concern,

On March 15, 2017, at approximately 9:00 AM, a miscommunication at the Fort Lauderdale Zoo ended in mass chaos.

It was discovered by zoo officials during a routine lion feeding that there was an apparent  miscommunication between the lion food supply carrier and a Red Cross organ donation truck. The zoo officials immediately informed the president of the zoo, but it was far too late. The organs had been eaten, and were unable to be saved (except the intestines, which were not suitable for the lions to eat).

The Red Cross van arrived at approximately 9:40 AM, and the Red Cross workers came to recover the left-over organs.

After investigation, it appears the organ truck ended up at the Fort Lauderdale Zoo, and the Lion food truck ended up at the Fort Lauderdale Hospital.

We here at the Fort Lauderdale Zoo would like to sincerely apologize for the miscommunication. As a result of this chaotic situation, we ask the Red Cross to pay for our next shipment of lion feed.

Also, we apologize for the 936 people who will die because our lions ate the organs they needed.

Sincerely,

Mike Robertson (Zoo President)

Katelynn Starliper

To Whom It May Concern:

Our company, Bibles, Bibles, and More Bibles, has lost more than $7 million dollars in company money. The reason for this is because our C.E.O., (Rob Patterson,) accidentally used that money to pay for escorts. This happened because Mr. Patterson’s wife, Adelia, has withheld love and affection from him, causing him to turn to any woman who can be paid to love him. Yes, what Mr. Patterson did was wrong, but Mrs. Patterson is the one who should really be blamed for all of this.

On January 3rd, 2017, Mr. Patterson was out with some of his friends, and they all made the decision to head to a gentleman’s club. While there, Mr. Patterson became inebriated and disoriented. When it was time to pay for everything, he accidentally used the company credit card. Once he realized what he had done, he called the gentleman’s club and begged them to see if anything could be done. This blunder caused the strip club to blackmail Mr. Robertson, resulting in the company losing $ 7 million. Out of fear of his wife, Mr. Patterson paid the club the money they wanted.

Rob Patterson is a dedicated member of the community and a man of God. He admits that he made a mistake and that he had strayed from church and religion, but he is committed once again. In fact, he begs everyone to realize that this is not his fault. Adelia Patterson is who should be blamed for this, especially since she is refusing to forgive Rob for his infidelities. She has filed for divorce, but Mr. Patterson is suing her for $7 million, to try to pay back the loss. If anyone should be blamed for what has happened, it should be Adelia, not Rob. He was simply trying to feel loved.

Thank you,

Katelynn Starliper