The final morning of Creative Writing Camp, 2011, found a group of enthusiastic (and a little bit nervous) teen writers learning about sharing their work with an audience from the master: program founder, Judy Bridges. They learned that it all begins with planting their feet firmly on the ground and then connecting with their audience to share the words they’ve worked so hard to craft.
Here’s what a few of our teen writers had to say about Judy’s visit:
~Judy was great!
~I think Judy Bridges was helpful in preparing for speaking this afternoon and made me more aware of things not to do that I have a habit of doing.
~Great advice and help (for those who desperately need it!) Your sense of humor: wonderful. I’m planning on referring to the pamphlet you handed out for future reading, including school assignments and forensics. Thanks so much!
~I love your straightforward, brutally honest attitude on writing!
~I have heard many people tell me how to deliver speeches or read aloud my work. This was the first time I can honestly say I enjoyed it. Thanks for coming in, making me laugh, and managing to teach me something along the way.
An especially poignant moment was watching Judy connect with, Kendall Kartaly, this year’s recipient of the Judy “Redbird” Bridges merit scholarship. Here’s what Kendall’s nominating teacher said about her: “It doesn’t take a person long when reading Kendall’s writing to discover the maturity, depth of understanding and compassionate heart with which she writes. As an educator, it has been a blessing to work with Kendall and I believe wholeheartedly that Kendall will be a great addition to the Red Oak experience this summer.” We couldn’t agree more!
Many thanks to Judy for making the scholarship possible.