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From the section of our blog devoted to writing inspired by COVID-19 Zooming In Maya Ruben, 10 Washington, DC “Knowing how to care is the first step, but actively going out of your way to do something nice is what really matters,” Ms. Sandra said in a welcoming voice. I found it funny how she […]

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Flash Contest #37: Write about a character who has everything they wanted but still isn’t happy Gone Scarlet He, 10 Scarsdale, NY Once, in a faraway land, there was a person. Yes, a person. A plain, plain, person. This “person,” Chuo, was always wanting something. Always, always wanting, wanting something. Chuo lived in a small […]

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From Stone Soup Writing Workshop #15, with Conner Bassett: Veering The Challenge: Write a poem or story that veers off its intended path. Change direction. Change your mind. And use the object that you chose at the beginning of class. A Rosy Carpet Ethan Zhang, 9 McLean, VA Outside my window A rosy carpet hovered. […]

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From the Stone Soup Blog Apart Together Ena Bahk-Pi, 12 San Francisco, CA Last year, in the first few months of quarantine, I was feeling overwhelmed and hopeless, but most of all, alone. We have all had those moments of feeling a crushing loneliness, of wanting to dig a hole and stay there. These feelings […]

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From the Stone Soup Blog An excerpt from How Nationality Affects the Eyes Sue Park, 12 Incheon, South Korea I stood in the middle of the hallway, frightened. I took a deep, slow breath as I took a giant step through the whooshing crowd of children. I quickly scanned the group of kids next to […]

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From Flash Contest #34 Inca Acrobat, 11 San Francisco, CA A River Flows in Me You fail to speak to me Even when the moon has risen Above the glittering Loire When my mind is awake But my body still Especially then   You turn your back away My dreams fade away About the Stone […]

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From the section of our blog devoted to writing inspired by COVID-19 Mika Sarkar Omachi, 12 San Francisco, CA   Life Now – A digital artwork   Artist’s Note: This digital art is a human-shaped fishbowl. Fishbowls are like a cage because the fish can’t go anywhere, but they also protect the fish by keeping […]

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From the Stone Soup Blog Book Review: How to Sharpen Pencils by David Rees Brais Macknik-Conde, 11 Brooklyn NY How to Sharpen Pencils: A Practical & Theoretical Treatise on the Artisanal Craft of Pencil Sharpening for Writers, Artists, Contractors, Flange Turners, Anglesmiths, & Civil Servants by David Rees, is a gold mine for anyone wishing […]

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From the Stone Soup Flash Contests Weekly Creativity #147 | Flash Contest #30: Visit the same place—precisely the same location—multiple times a day, or at the same time every day for a week. Document what you see through photography, other art forms, or writing. An excerpt from “Observing My Backyard” Rishan Chakraborty, 11 Portland, OR […]

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From the Flash Contests Weekly Creativity #142 | Flash Contest #29, March 2021 Write a story set somewhere you’ve never been. It could be set in outer space, Antarctica, or even an alternate reality! An excerpt from Frank in the Galaxy Kimberley Hu, 8 Lake Oswego, OR Chapter 1: Frank Got in Trouble Frank was […]

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From Stone Soup Writing Workshop #17: Writing about Music The Writing Challenge Use any musical element—different instruments, arrangements, styles, and settings—to write about music. It could be about how music makes someone feel, or the story of someone involved in music, or anything else you think up. An excerpt from “My Brother Was the Bayou” […]

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From the Stone Soup Blog An excerpt from “A Day in the Life of a Sixth Grader” Lauren Minyoung Yoon, 11 Northbrook, IL 7:15 a.m. – When my alarm goes off, I always wonder if I could just throw it on the ground, then go back to sleep. Well, I can’t do that, actually, because […]