Creative writers digress at annual evening soiree

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Photo by Reid Cairme

Junior Mehanaokala Lee reads her creative writing piece entitled “Road Trip” at the third annual We Digress…Live! The evening’s presentations were the culmination of the 2012 spring semester Creative Writing classes.

Reid Cairme

By Reid Cairme, Features staff writer

A small but creative group of ten students, all members of the Creative Writing 1 and 2 classes, shared their writing at the third annual We Digress…Live! in their classroom, x-126, on Monday evening, May 7, 2012.

At the end of the night, they also received their own copies of We Digress…, a 112-page book that pairs their writing with art by Kamehameha Maui art students.

“I thought that it was a really interesting night,” senior Melia Mattos said. “I enjoyed listening to my classmates tell their favorite pieces of work.” Mattos was one of the participants in the readings.

The night started off with a small potluck buffet from each of the Creative Writing students. The main course was lasagna, but other foods included were green salad and homemade crab won tons, cupcakes, and cheesecake.

After the dinner, the students from both Creative Writing classes shared their reflections on the class and how they have grown and improved as writers. They also shared a few of what they felt were their best works.

“I liked the atmosphere when we were speaking,” Junior Anuhea Ka’iaokamalie said. “The dark room with a spotlight shining on us made it feel like one of those poetry sharing moments that you see in movies or coffee shops.”

And, after months of anticipation, I unveiled my senior project, the We Digress… book, after the readings. I compiled and edited the book over a period of three months.

“Ive been waiting for this book all semester,” Senior Nicole Ka`auamo said. She is one of only two students enrolled in Creative Writing 2, a course that is taught completely online. Though they are taking the course digitally, the second-year students join the first-year students for this one night.

All contributors to the book receive a complimentary copy. A limited number of additional copies can be purchased by anyone who is interested from Ms. Haina for the printing cost of $5.50.

The student works can also be found online at the We Digress… blog. Click here to go to the home page; then, hover over the “Creative Writing 2012” tab to see a dropdown menu of all of this semester’s writers.

We Digress…Live! normally includes the induction of new Quill and Scroll members as well, but this year the induction had to be postponed due to scheduling conflicts with the inductees. Quill and Scroll is an international honor society for high school journalists.