I hope all of you young writers out there are having a great 2013 so far! Due to the fact that Andrea is on maternity leave (and working on both an animated film and tv pilot), workshops and tutoring will resume in late summer or early fall. Please join the mailing list for updates!
It’s about time Kermit returned from his hiatus!
As reported by Cynopsis, “Jim Henson’s puppets will be featured in a new scripted television show titled ‘History Of.'”
That means, our favorite Muppets will give their own silly interpretation of how certain events really went down. Statler and Waldorf are sure to have something to say about that.
We can’t wait!
“I wish I was a fly on the wall” is a common expression that you have probably heard before. Usually, the person who says it is wishing that they could be hidden in a room, eavesdropping on a conversation that may or may not be any of his business. No one ever worries what they are talking about when a fly is in the room, but maybe they should…
Your writing assignment (should you choose to accept it) is to write a story from the perspective of a fly. Be the fly on the wall. Flap your wings. Buzz your buzz. And listen to a very secret conversation. What happens next? (Hopefully, it doesn’t involve a flyswatter!)
As I’m sure you know by now, a 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami devastated Japan on March 11th. It’s hard not to feel sad when we watch the news each day.
Although you may be far away from Japan, there is something you can do to help lift the spirits of the people who live there. Jessie Zanutig teaches English in Japan, and she has established a cause called “3,000 Letters for Japan.” She would like to deliver a handwritten letter or picture to every child whose life has been turned upside down by this terrible tragedy, beginning with students in the Miyagi region of Japan.
I have copied her requests for the project below from Facebook:
“The project is simple. Write a personal letter from the heart. Keep it light and keep it simple.
• Print clearly. Or, draw pictures that convey your sentiments. The youngest students will appreciate a page of pictures!
• Decorate your letter with drawings, stickers – boys and girls love “cute”.
• Use colored paper or have fun with crayons and markers to jazz up white paper.
• Sign your letter with your biggest and messiest rock star-like signature. They adore signatures as much or even more than stickers!
• Please don’t put anything in the envelope other than the letter (ie., trinkets or toys). It creates bulk and additional postage charges but more importantly, avoids creating envy among children who do not receive a gift in their letter. Your gift is your personal letter.
• Put each letter in its own envelope. Mark on the envelope if your letter is best suited for a younger child or an older junior high student. If you are doing one or several letters, put all the envelopes in a larger envelope and mail to me at my address below.
•Include your printed name and a return address on the letter if you would like a response, although that’s a guarantee I can’t make.
Send your letter package to me:
Kawaba-mura Yubara 2707-8
Aim to mail your envelope of letter(s) by Friday, April 22nd if possible.”
If you would like to read more about this project, go to the “Letters for Japan” page on Facebook. This simple act of kindness can bring a smile to a child’s face on the other side of the world.
FADE-IN: 14 DAYS FROM TODAY
INT. YOUR ROOM – AFTERNOON
A young writer (you) sits down at the computer to begin writing a brilliant, hilarious, fun, slightly (but not too frightening) scary screenplay with several heartbreaking (but not too sappy) moments.
“But where do I begin?” you ask.
Scriptfrenzy.org is your answer.
“But what is Scriptfrenzy?” you respond. (You sure do talk to yourself a lot.)
“Script Frenzy is an international writing event in which participants attempt the creatively daring feat of writing an entire script in the month of April,” says ScriptFrenzy.org.
It’s fun, it’s free, and it begins on April 1st. Sign up today, and you can start answering your next question…
“What the heck am I going to write a whole screenplay about?”
We, at Pencil Heads, can’t wait to find out.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Ready to write a story?
Imagine that, on the way to school, you find a broken piece of rainbow in the gutter. You pick up that piece of rainbow and put it in your pocket. What happens next? Does the piece of rainbow have magical powers? Does it transport you to another place?
Be sure to email your stories to email@example.com!
Can you define torque? August Seiple can– and he beat out the anchor on Good Morning America in a recent competition.
Check out August Seiple– Pencil Head and Student Extraordinaire– in this clip from Good Morning America!
Way to go, August!