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First, some acknowledgments to De Controleon (not a real name) at https://www.flickr.com/photos/tekstbazaar/  for creating the "Bag Lady" 5-photo story. 

This workshop is for play. And for learning a bit about photography. 

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Geoffrey Gevalt
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Info: I have been writing for as long as I can remember. Which is a long time. I was a journalist for 33 years, started YWP in 2006 and now draw joy from watching all of you create and give each other support and comments. Thank you.

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You've all heard of The Moth -- True Stories Told Live. Here's more: https://themoth.org/

The aim of this workshop is to help you create, practice and gain enthusiasm for a story you might like to present to a live audience. 

This workshop will involve you both writing and telling stories and using this site's audio record function to help you bring your written voice and your spoken voice closer together. By the time you are done, we are confident you'll have a story that you like and know well enough to tell it live.

 

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Geoffrey Gevalt
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Info: I have been writing for as long as I can remember. Which is a long time. I was a journalist for 33 years, started YWP in 2006 and now draw joy from watching all of you create and give each other support and comments. Thank you.

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You may be one of these people: The person who comes into school on Monday morning and gets you, somehow, out of your funk with a story of some crazy, funny thing that happened over the weekend. Often they'll use facial expressions, body movement, voice to assist in setting the mood and getting you to laugh.

I actually think that we're all funny. We do some really stupid, embarrassing things that are funny on the retelling. And some of the funniest stories we have -- sometimes -- involve calamities we've endured, though they are rarely funny when they happen.

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Geoffrey Gevalt
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Info: I have been writing for as long as I can remember. Which is a long time. I was a journalist for 33 years, started YWP in 2006 and now draw joy from watching all of you create and give each other support and comments. Thank you.

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For the first poem, try using your name as the prompt. What do you want to say about yourself? Here's one by yours truly...

Running after music since forever.
Evolving into an even bigger book nerd. 
United with the stars and the autumn sky
Born to avoid anything to do with mathematics
Enchanted with silence
No televised football game will ever escape my attention.

Jocularity sometimes conceals sadness.
A lover of half empty coffee houses
Chords played on my guitar transport me
King of daydreamers
September's biggest fan.

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Reuben Jackson
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Info: Reuben Jackson is a word nerd, jazz nerd, and erstwhile poet. I host a jazz show on Vermont Public Radio, and have been an online mentor with YWP since 1857.

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Hidden message poems are one of those minute-to-learn lifetime-to-master type poems. Anyone can write them, but the better you get, the more you can do with them. This Playlist will walk you through a couple of the possibilities and get you started on the path to a lifetime of hidden messages!
 

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Doug DeMaio
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Pre-writing is sometimes referred to as “outlining,” “planning,” “storyboarding,” or any number of other names. All of those things fall under the broad category of pre-writing. Things you do before you create a real “draft.”

Everyone has a different style when it comes to their writing process. The one main thing that determines which method you ultimately choose, is whether or not it works. What we’re going to do, is take a look at a few different methods, with the help of our friends at nownovel.com, and then take a couple of them out for a test-drive.
 

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Doug DeMaio
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"I don't know what to write about..."  "I can't think of anything..."
Sound familiar?
Well, take a spin through this Playlist and help yourself to some idea generation exercises, focused on using your ears to track down new ideas. Come back to this Playlist whenever you want to try out a new exercise, or to take a look at the ideas you came up with last time!
 

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This Playlist has a number of mini-projects to get you going with some new poetry ideas. This is a great place to start if you're running low on ideas, or just want to get some poems on paper to come back to later. Most of the XPs here are pretty quick, but they could lead to something much bigger!
 

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Doug DeMaio
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One of the more common forms of poetry you see from day to day is the haiku. You may know the basics of what makes a haiku, but did you know that haiku is also the basis for some longer, more complex forms? Let's take a look at some of these forms, and what makes them special--so we can write some for ourselves.
 

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Doug DeMaio
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People often think of fables as being age-old stories that have been passed down from one generation to the next--and while that is certainly true of some fables, there are still new ones being created. Contemporary fables--and the morals the contain--serve a valuable purpose in today's society. And there's no reason why you can't create one of your own.
 

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Doug DeMaio
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This playlist is a great introduction to argumentative or opinion-based writing. These exercises are more about method than content--giving you an idea of how to approach an argumentative essay of any kind. Being able to argue your point confidently, respectfully, and in a way that is well-received by all readers, is an essential skill in the toolbox of any writer.
 

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Doug DeMaio
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There are two main ways to build your character and reveal him/her to your audience: direct characterization and indirect characterization. This Playlist explores what each of those mean, and outlines a useful framework for comprehensive indirect characterization, that will help you paint a well-rounded portrait of your character in your reader's mind.
 

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Doug DeMaio
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Color is all around us. We see and use colors in different ways, every day. Color, and the perception of it, is an experience that we can leverage to create emotion and to guide our storytelling (both visually and otherwise). Let's explore how to make use of color to enhance our visual storytelling ability.
 

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Writing well about any character requires you to understand what makes that character tick. It helps to think of your characters as real people, and not just words that you've created. A big part of any character is their identity--especially with regards to gender and relationships. Let's take a look at some of the aspects you need to consider when developing queer characters.
 

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This Playlist will explore the groundwork for creating compelling digital art. We'll take a look at different approaches, styles, deliveries, as well as software, hardware, and where to go from here! Get yourself acquainted with the world of digital drawing, here.
 

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Water is something we all use every day. In fact, we can't live without it. For some of us, it is such a vital and ingrained part of our everyday lives that it can be really easy to take for granted. But there is so much more to consider when thinking about water. This XP will cover the basics: how we use water, where water comes from, and what it means to have "water issues" in our world. Hopefully it will give you an idea of why exactly water is so important!

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Geoffrey Gevalt
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Info: I have been writing for as long as I can remember. Which is a long time. I was a journalist for 33 years, started YWP in 2006 and now draw joy from watching all of you create and give each other support and comments. Thank you.

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In this Playlist, we'll take the first steps toward using sound in our storytelling. The XPs explore the power that using music and/or voice can have, when utilized in your digital stories. This Playlist is aimed at helping you develop ideas around how and why to use sound. We'll also touch on some principles of voice-over recording and background music. You may want to keep a notepad handy for when an idea strikes you!
 

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