Aspen Challenger watchers: You have individual tasks to prepare for our consultation. I suggest you come prepared with a Google Doc that you and I can share with your tasks, contacts, and resources. Please look around for contacts and read the info below.
Free Library Culinary folks: look out for an email. I'll send you our time to visit as soon as I hear back from our contact there. Meanwhile, you can also check out the "Student-created breakfast item" in The Philadelphia Notebook and see whether there's follow-up you could do.
Please have your fictional characters, their development arcs, and your story sketches ready to go, too. On paper, Word, Pages, Docs: however you like. I'll ask you to give me the structure, maybe even to graph to story so that we don't get distracted by each and every delightful metaphor and detail. Joy in the morning; right now it's all plot points and rhythm: the building blocks of emotional power.
About the Challenge:
Please read this excellent summary of the event in The Philadelphia Citizen by Roxanne Patel Shepelavy.
Not every speaker gave a challenge. Here are the challenges offered. Don't recognize the name? Please, please read like a writer and look'em up; nourish your curiosity. Exercise it. Click around. Ditto the twenty schools and a complete list of participating schools are on the Aspen Challenge Philadelphia website. You cannot decide which school matches your interest unless you know something about them. Drake has decided she's interested in Girls High, because its a single-gender school, which was her high school experience. There's a school of creative and performing arts, a high school of health and science, an Afrocentric charter school. all very different missions for educating their students. Curious?
Click here for an overview of the project's five-year history, including challenges in L.A., Denver, Washington D.C., and Chicago.
Click here to read the solutions from last year's challenge in Chicago. You can find great solutions from other years online.