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From William’s Writing Workshop, #68: Sense of Place The Writing Challenge: Describe a place or a setting in which a story will take place from the point of view of a character. Arctic Winter Cold, howling wind whipped through my fur, blowing endlessly. The deep snow crunched under my paws, stretching as far as my […]

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from the Stone Soup Blog from “Flamethrower” I was almost eleven in the warm, windy fall of the year 2019 when my baseball team, the Bulldogs, was playing in the little league semifinals. But still, I couldn’t help but want to crawl under my bed where I would be safe. I couldn’t even bear to […]

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from Flash Contest #44 Last Vacation Dear Ela, I know this is weird, me, I mean you from the future, writing to you. This is very important though. Vacation is very special to you, but I am begging that you spend less time re-reading your novels and watching the waves crash onto the shore endlessly […]

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From the Stone Soup Blog A Review of The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea Every year, May is celebrated as AAPI Month in honor of the Asian American and Pacific Islanders who have contributed to the world. With popular reading platforms like Goodreads publishing lists of AAPI authors, the month has been a lovely […]

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From the Stone Soup Blog  Smartphone Addiction:  One Middle Schooler’s Perspective When I look at my classmates’ faces, absorbed in their smartphones, they look eerily expressionless, even hollow. Their eyes look tired and droopy; their faces look drained and sulking. They look like they have no choice. It is almost as if they are compelled […]

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From the Stone Soup Blog Goodbye to “Happily Ever After”: A Review of Little Women Grace Huang, 13 Skillman, NJ Kind Cinderella lives luxuriously in a castle after enduring her hardships obediently. Gentle Snow White gets saved by the dashing prince because of her sweet personality. Loving Sleeping Beauty wakes up from her slumber with […]

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Writing Workshop #53, with William  In this writing workshop, William asked participants to focus on an origin story of a great character Beginnings Madeline Kline, 12 Potomac, MD Everyone always focuses on the end. Never the beginning. When people talk about my writing, their comments always have something to do with my endings. People love […]

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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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