The 2015-2016 Year of CWC

Applications for Writing Club are in the RMS library right now! If you haven’t picked one up, now is your last chance. We may extend the due date for track 3, because they haven’t had the chance to prepare. However, for the other tracks, the applications are due Wednesday of this week (August 19, 2015.)

Please take this chance and send one in!


Agenda for Thursday, May 28, 2015

  1. Discuss plans for next year. (This will be track 1’s last meeting in their current grade.) The club will continue, and we are hoping to grow as a group and become more fluent next year as an RMS club.
  2. Show the post regarding the Writing Prompt Jars.
  3. Every student writes the first line of a story, then passes the paper to the student on his/her left. For five minutes, each student continues working on the story that he/she has received, then passes it to the left again when the time is up.
  4. Group critiques can discourage writers; a criticism-free sharing session is an excellent alternative. Students read their writing out loud to the class, which is instructed NOT to respond with criticism. Instead, the class is asked afterward to name some of the most memorable or interesting parts of the piece that was shared. The students who have shared their work feel “listened to” and motivated and get some feedback on which aspects of their writing have impact. For this students can use a story they have previously written, thoughts on a story they might write in the future, etc. Students be sure to give their full attention to the person speaking. We all know how scary it can be to share our writing with our peers.

We will see you all again after track out!

Teen Poetry Contest

Spring is almost here and that means it’s time for Wake County Public Libraries’ Annual Teen Poetry Contest! From now until April 15th teens in grades 6-12 can submit up to three original poems in their grade category (6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th & 12th). This we are featuring a special optional category. Teens can submit an additional poem based on our Summer Reading Program theme, “Every Hero Has a Story”. First, second, and third place winners will be chosen in each of these categories. Winners will be featured on the library’s website and honored at an awards reception at Cameron Village Library in May 16th. The winner of our special category will also be featured on our Summer Reading Program website. The Teen Poetry Contest is the perfect way for Wake County teens to celebrate National Poetry Month this April!