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April 23, 2016
by: Tad Phippen Wente, Creative Writing Teacher

Swamplandia! community read reaches students

Joining the recent Lakeland College Community Book Read featuring Karen Russell’s Swamplandia! gave me a chance to dabble with text and blackout poetry, which I brought back for students to try. Gina Covelli, Community Relations Manager, and Jodie Liedke, Assistant Professor of Composition, shared copies of pages from the novel. We read through, then circled words that stood out. Blacking out all the rest with heavy strokes of Sharpie produced a poem that maybe reinterpreted the pages or maybe spoke to the reader about some other observation. It reminded me of finding the carving within a great block of old wood: you carve away until the subject is revealed. One of my students, Jackson, remarked that using pages of fiction was a much more rewarding experience for blackout poetry, the word choices so much more beautiful than those of nonfiction articles.

IDEAS Academy students and staff also attended the panel discussion of Swamplandia! at Mead Public Library, where three Lakeland College professors spun their areas of research into the novel. What does the concept of Indian-ness mean to the American people, according to visual art and literature? What is the role of myth and legend? How does “magical thinking” shape a family? I enjoyed that ‘college feeling’ of having my mind bend in new ways while considering these perspectives in light of Swamplandia!

A group of students who are particularly interested in literature and writing also attended a Q&A event with Karen Russell at Lakeland College on April 12. The author shared a short reading from Vampires in the Lemon Grove and answered questions about her creative process and the role of personal experience and place—the Florida Everglades of her childhood—in the writing of her novel. Swamplandia! was a Pulitzer Prize Finalist in 2012.

The opportunity to engage in community events is important in engaging student thinking at IDEAS Academy and all The Étude Group of Schools. We plan to join the Community Read again!

 

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December 8, 2015
by: Sarah Williams, Étude Studios Writing Intern

Whitewater Creative Writing Festival 2015: Students Present Work, Offer Feedback

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IDEAS Academy students traveled to the UW-Whitewater High School Creative Writing Festival on November 18. Twenty-five students and two teachers attended the event, with 17 students submitting work to be critiqued by college professors, professional writers and peers, and the others coming along as support for friends and to hear other presenters. In addition to entering creative writing, two students created mixed media pieces to be shown at the festival.

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March 5, 2015
by: Tad Phippen Wente

School of Writers: “19 Writers” speak out about what they do

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In her foreword to Caroline Sharp’s The Writer’s Workbook: Daily Exercises for the Writing Life, Elizabeth Gilbert recounts the following conversation with a friend:

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September 30, 2013
by: K. Johnson

100 Thousand Poets for Change

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IDEAS and Mosaic artists were featured alongside other literary professionals in a local 100 Thousand Poets for Change event at Mead Library on September 28.

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January 14, 2013
by: Leah Morgan

Exhibitions of Learning January 2013

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In place of formal written finals, IDEAS Academy students present their semester long project twice a year in a public venue.

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October 11, 2012
by: Laquisha Holden, Etude Studios Publications Intern

100 Thousand Poets For Change

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When 100 Thousand Poets for Change presented at the Mead Public Library on Saturday, Sept. 29, the IDEAS Academy students were already prepared.

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November 20, 2011
by: Michaela Gandy, Publications Intern, IDEAS Academy

Students attend Whitewater writing festival

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Seven IDEAS Academy students attended the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater High School Creative Writing Festival Wednesday, November 16.

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August 2, 2011
by: Dollie Cromwell

Tad Phippen Wente, Creative Writing

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Building something new is what makes us thrive! So creating a school has been continuously exciting and rewarding.

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May 11, 2011
by: Tad Phippen Wente, Creative Writing teacher

TimeSlips Seminar

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Today in the TimeSlips Seminar (this is a project we’re working on with JMKAC’s Connecting Communities) we enjoyed a visit from Tracy Cinealis, CSA, of Libby’s...

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April 17, 2011
by: Tad Phippen Wente, Creative Writing teacher

Poetry & Lyrics Seminar

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Poetry & Lyrics Seminar wrapped up its quarter today with a “Final Reading” in three categories: Poetry Out Loud (inspired by the National Endowment for the...

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