During the summer of 2019, the Laura (Riding) Jackson Foundation expanded its outreach in Indian River County, FL. by sponsoring four week long “Creative Writing” camps, which were held from 9 am – 12 pm at their site on 14th Avenue in Vero Beach, FL.
The student’s writings create a marvelous Digest of each of their works, alongside their own illustrations. It is a collection 23 writings by middle school students archived from four weeks of 2019 summer classes.
Annemarie White and Anne Powell, both teachers at Sebastian River Middle School, had a vision for the creative writing camps, managed them and set a wonderful stage for the students.
Annmarie White and Anne Powell
Susan Lovelace of the Laura (Riding) Jackson Foundation organized the summer program for the Foundation.
Guest presenters included Sean Sexton, Poet Laureate of Indian River County, Florida Highwayman landscape artist Ray McLendon, children’s book author and local writer Thomas Hardy, and Andrew Currie, owner of the dance studio, DanceSpace.
Sean Sexton, Poet Laureate of Indian River County
Summer Students with Florida Highwayman landscape artist Ray McLendon
Andrew Currie, owner of the dance studio, Dance Space.
Thomas Hardy, author of the children’s book The Exclusive Life of Reba K. Williams, a Parakeet.
The students also visited the Citrus Museum and took a walking tour of the amazing downtown murals painted by local artist Christopher Sweeney.
Students were encouraged to freely use their imagination to capture their story. The atmosphere was one of freedom. Freedom to be outside your usual world and sit on a rug or pillow and write down your feelings.
Avril, Grace:“Wood Hollow.”
Avril, Grace: “Compost.”
Bihl, Chloe: “Sad Times.”
Cook, Hunter: “Ultra Hunter and the Infinity Thief.”
Dessart, Julian: “Comics.”
Dessart, Sebastian: “The Sun Never Came Up.”
Gibbs, Daria: “Me.”
Gibbs, Daria: “What My Hamster Thinks.”
Guzman, Abigail: “Time Goes Fast.”
Lorenzo, Jailynn: “Nothing to Something.”
Morris, Abigale: “Inspirational Book.”
Pantano, Cameron: “Cabin Five.”
Rankin, Sadie: “Baking List.”
Rivera, Felix: “The Journey.”
Rivera, Felix: “The Place.”
Rodriguez, Niyah: “The Cheesecakes.”
Rohrbough, Conner: “The Plague.”
Rolle, Jada: “A Wooden Appointment.”
Shine, Lola: “Let Me Tell You About Field Day.”
Toole, Campbell: “The Summer Story.”
Toole, Emerson: “The Big Game.”
Willenbrock, Arabelle: “Matt inWonderland.”
The mission of the Laura (Riding) Jackson Foundation is to preserve and interpret the historic home of poet Laura (Riding) Jackson and promote literary programs that nurture passion for the written word.
The Foundation will be holding a pizza party for all the students on Saturday September 14 at noon at the Writing Center on 14th Avenue in Vero Beach.
If you would like to have a free copy of the booklet Creative Writings from our Middle School 2019 Summer Camp please stop by the writing center to pick one up.