June Fiction: Sidewalk Chalk (a poem)

by Cindy Green, Age 15, Canada Artwork by Lucy Zhang The fiction prompt for June was “sidewalk.”   Sidewalk Chalk Clack! Skipping On the sullied, silver sidewalk, Drawing faces with Dusty, powdery chalk. Smearing fuchsia pink On my clammy fingertips, Pretending it is “makeup” For my wind-chapped lips. Scrawling jagged games Of dancing, hypnotic hopscotch, Numbering...
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The Story Kitchen: Elements Of A Story

by Akshta Khurana, Age 13, India Artwork by Lucy Zhang   “Do you know why they say they’re ‘cooking a good story’?” “Why?” “Because there is a bewitching magic in both.” This casual dialogue between myself and a friend provoked me to explore the similarities in my favourite forms of art: writing and cooking. Based on my experiences...
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June Fiction: An Ode to Pavement (a poem)

by Meghna Chatterjee, Age 15, India Artwork by Lucy Zhang The fiction prompt for June was “sidewalks.”   An Ode to Pavement I weep silently As the street lamps watch, Dull With grey bricks, Paved. A wishful sidewalk Beside an empty road With a broken backbone Lay. I’m used to bustling feet Thumping on my face;...
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June Fiction: Crossroads (a poem)

by Sana Hameed, Age 15, USA Artwork by Lucy Zhang The fiction prompt for June was “sidewalks.”   Crossroads Meet me at the intersection, The crossroads of a decision. This sidewalk we have walked since the beginning of time, It has not aged well. It is colourless, the periphery lacking the brilliant vibrancy of life once...
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Why Writers Need Thick Skin

by Lucy Zhang, jaBlog! Blogger & Artwork Designer Artwork by Lucy Zhang   In eighth grade, my English teacher had us read our stories to a group of classmates. The classmates would respond to the story while the writer was not allowed to reply. The writer could not clear up any misunderstandings or defend him or...
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