"Take My Word For It! instructor and first-time novelist, Michael David Lukas was interviewed today on KQED's radio program, Forum, hosted by Michael Krasny. The two talked about his debut novel, The Oracle of Stamboul a story which had its genesis in Turkey while Michael was there as a Fulbright scholar.
Listen to Michael describe his book's evolution, from the first seed of an idea, through seven drafts, and ultimately, as the selection for One Book One Marin 2012.
Winter 2012 - West Portal Elementary
Jessica (Secrets on a Line): “One day, a girl named Kim was sleeping. She woke up in
the middle of the night and thought she heard a wolf howling. She ran out the door and
looked out to see nothing…around one, Kim heard it again…”
Reiley Johnson (Secret Recipe): “The story of the transformation potion was very
accidental. Once there was an evil wizard named Starzanda Silvia or S.S…He tried new
experiments all the time, so it wasn’t quite accidental…he mixed crazy things and they
always made a potion…”
Erika Lee (Secret Recipe): “There once was a girl named Kayla. She liked cheese
pizza. She always thought there was too little tomato sauce.,,she thought of five
ingredients…finally got a secret recipe. Kayla called it the creamsauce...Kayla was happy
when she ate pizza and lived happily ever after.”
Megan Lenn (Secrets on a Line): “When I was 7 I loved going to bed late at night. I
heard a thumping in my closet. I thought I was going to die! I screamed and woke up my
whole family. They came into my room as fast as they could…”
Rolland Liao (Secret Recipe): “He headed towards the graveyard and poured it on 10
graves. Slowly the ground started to rumble and out came 10 fully grown people. Those
people were proof that Joe’s potion worked.”
Kailey Sjauwfoekloy (Secrets on a Line): “The only person that knows is my friend
Sophie. She’s in the same grade as me and doesn’t approve…but does care if the Pop-
Star-Ulars (PSU) make fun of me…”
Anthony Velasco (Secret Recipe): “In the 1900s when the US was at war almost all our
infantry was dead so this man made a chemical to bring the dead back to life. He tested it
on a dead guinea pig and it worked…”
Jayde Wong (Secret Recipe): “My days as a sorceress began when I found this recipe
tucked into the ruins of the historic museum. It was a healing potion, one of the rarest
potions in the world. I went into hiding…and spent 10 years working on the potion…”
Every Wednesday our creative writing prompt challenges you to pick up your pen and indulge your author self!
Your older cousin gave you a pile of clothes that don't fit any more. How do these clothes feel about arriving in your closet? Do they feel dejected? Excited? Nervous? If you could talk to them, what would you say to make them feel at home.
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Upstairs at Booksmith this past weekend we started our new creative writing series for kids to a capacity crowd!
Led by our intrepid instructor, Zach Wyner, fifteen young writers are off and writing. They'll be trying their hand at metaphor and similes, learning about where writers find their inspiration and learning to jump off the free-write diving board!
Last Sunday afternoon eleven kids at 826 Valencia in San Francisco found themselves in hysterics listening to an alien (who didn't understand parts of speech very well) give instructions to our workshop leader on how to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. (It wasn't a pretty sight!) Then they had the pleasure of reminding him the proper uses for nouns, verbs and adjectives.
The kids also learned how to turn "Hide the cows outside." into three sentences with three totally different meanings, as well as how to perform other daring feats with punctuation. (Can you do that?!?!)
Our new curriculum, "Grammar-ama and The Punctuation Party"© will be part of our summer camp offerings, as well as offered as a special program in the fall.