SAL/ON

A Blog of Seattle Arts & Lectures

Category: Creativity

An Interview with WITS Duo John McCartney and Arianne True

By Gabriela Denise Frank Poetry tills the soil of our hearts. By till, I mean cultivate. By cultivate, I mean poetry works the earth of our humanity. By work, I mean it disturbs the fallow routines of everyday life. Poetry breaks the crust of habit. It loosens old roots, amends the spirit with language, imagery, […]

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WITS Lesson: Turn a Video Conference Grid into Superhero Comics

Talk about taking creative constraints and turning them into inspiration! At the end of April, WITS writer David Lasky shared this exciting lesson prompt during a WITS meeting. He guided SAL staff members and fellow Writers-in-Residence through the creation of list poems, as the team looked at everyone’s faces through Zoom, and contemplated what we […]

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“El Amar Y El Querer,” by Marta Juárez-Aguilar

El Amar Y El Querer Es el cielo o el infierno Aquella voz como fuego Que consume mente y cuerpo Cenizas dejadas al viento Saberlo todo y vivir la nada Estar viva y morir viviendo Comprender, no comprendiendo Es el yugo que a mi mente mata Ligado al dueño del sentimiento Estar dormida y soñar […]

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The Home Library Reading Challenge

Many of us are searching for something we can hold onto right now. A sense of normality, the absence of fear, a story to escape in—a feeling that will extend us past our limitations, and past this seemingly never-ending month of physical distancing. As readers, we know we can find such a haven in the […]

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Legacy: The 2019/2020 Elaine Wetterauer Writing Contest Chapbook

Every year, Seattle Arts & Lectures’ Writers in the Schools (WITS) program holds the Elaine Wetterauer Writing Contest to celebrate the wisdom, creativity, and heart captured in student and teacher writing. The inspiration from this year’s contest was drawn from Pachinko by Min Jin Lee, an epic historical novel that follows a Korean family over the […]

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Writing Prompt: Words and Images to Remember When Times Feel Overwhelming

Do you have a middle or high-schooler at home looking for learning opportunities? Or, maybe you’d like some inspiration for yourself? Today’s #SALMoment comes from WITS Writer-in-Residence Laura Da’, who shares a writing prompt for when times feel overwhelming. This lesson teaches us to center and focus, to become quiet and still, even though the […]

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WITS Voices: Do Writing Savants Exist?

By Peter Mountford, WITS Writer-in-Residence This year’s two-week fiction-writing residency—my ninth, I believe, with the eighth grade class at Blue Heron Middle School—was my favorite to date. There’s an inexplicable magic to these groups, something of a class culture, and some years, the students are more guarded, wary, and their writing reflects that. This year […]

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“They Said”: The Winning Poem from the 2019/20 Elaine Wetterauer Writing Contest

Every year, Seattle Arts & Lectures’ Writers in the Schools (WITS) program holds the Elaine Wetterauer Writing Contest to celebrate the wisdom, creativity, and heart captured in student and teacher writing. The inspiration from this year’s contest was drawn from Pachinko, by Min Jin Lee, an epic historical novel that follows a Korean family over […]

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Find Connection with the #SALMoment of the Day

With our daily lives disrupted, we are all working to finding new forms of togetherness. From balconies, Italians break into song and Spain applauds its healthcare workers. Bookshops hand-deliver to Seattle porches. Local relief funds have opened up for artists and hospitality workers. And we at Seattle Arts & Lectures want to do what we […]

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WITS Voices: Praising the Particular

By Lisa Wells, WITS Writer-in-Residence I think of writing as a practice of awareness, a habit of heightened attention to detail—to light, gesture, sensation, intonation—and I try to approach the teaching of writing with the same quality of attention, awake to the shifting dynamics of the classroom. Good writing demands that we be awake in […]

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