This week I am at Mills Park Elementary School in Cary, North Carolina leading a photography and creative writing residency, A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words. The students are having a blast taking digital photographs and writing about them. It is a very open ended residency as I do not give them a writing prompt. They have to create their own creative writing prompt from the photo they select. They have to take the photograph themselves. That is really the only rule. Some students are writing poetry. Some are writing non-fiction. The genres I have seen so far are creative nonfiction, fantasy, science fiction, autobiography, essay, multi-genre, and even a marketing/advertising campaign.
I love being the Yes (wo)man and giving students permission to write outside the box. In fact, there is not even a box — not even a polygon. They have created their own space and within it, they have created their own muse. It’s a beautiful thing. Kids are naturally creative and it is exciting to witness it in action. I will post a longer post after the residency. In the meantime, here are some photos of the students taking photos on campus.