“Words” from Creative Writing Camp

Posted August 6, 2012 & filed under Notebook.

WITS Writer Lesa Boutin

From the first time Carson read his work for my teaching partner, Rosa Nam, and me, we knew we had a jewel. When he shared his writing, we would stare open mouthed at each other. This piece, “More Silence, Fewer Words,” was inspired by “The Quiet World” by Jeffrey McDaniel. I have no doubt that the day will come when I am standing in an autograph line, book in hand, hoping to have Carson sign it, and I’ll be able to say, “I knew him when.”

More Silence, Fewer Words

It is the year 2024. Everyone has a word counter, and can only say one hundred words. Everyday. The day starts off with a hug, a kiss, and five words. “I love you too, Mom!” My amount of words decreases, like a time bomb. Tick-Tock. Lunch at school is silent. This isn’t unusual, though. Instead of yelling our disgust for lunch, we make faces. Basketball after lunch has changed with the new law. Instead of whooping and hollering when we get points, we all clap. Loudly. The bully hears and silently punches us. The videogames I play after school have changed. They now sound like the old video games my dad played, silent, with the occasional beep or ping. After the word-consuming phone call from Gramma, Mom says, “Dad didn’t make it. I’m so, so sorry.” I feel empty suddenly, and feel like I’m dead, too. At the funeral, I break the silence. “I loved him so much. Now he’s gone.” I cry. I say no more words, since I am at my limit. I go to sleep thinking how I have to do this everyday. Forever.

by Carson, 5th grade

Submitted by WITS Writer Lisa Boutin

Lesa Boutin is a children’s author who discovered a love for every aspect of a book’s life, from concept to completion. With a background in education, Lesa started her own publishing company, Boot in the Door Publications, in 2006, followed by the release of her young adult novels, Amanda Noble, Zookeeper Extraordinaire in 2007, and Amanda Noble, Special Agent in 2008. Lesa enjoys sharing her imagination and passion for storytelling with her students. Lesa taught at the AOS campus in this summer’s Creative Writing Camp.


Posted October 11, 2010 & filed under Notebook.



If silence came to life

What would it look like?

It would look like

A clear nothing.

I can’t hear silence

Like shut windows

Blowing the curtains.

All I hear is silence

Nothing but silence.

Silence is my mother cooking.

Everything is silence.

I like silence.

Silence is cool.

By Jahmarcus, 3rd Grade


Posted July 17, 2009 & filed under Notebook.


Silence wants to be loud.
It tries, but the only sound you hear is silence,
Like a person who can’t talk.
Even when silence screams, he can’t make a sound.
Now, he gives up,

Correcting himself.
He can’t be loud.
Everything is silent.
All you can hear is everyday life.

Silence will never be loud.
A room waiting for people to come.
Screaming out, but nothing will come out.
Is silence and no one can change it.


Silence, as a bird flying through the sky,
Its wings expanded from its body.
Silence does not want to be silent;
It wants to be loud.
I like when silence is around.
That’s when I feel relaxed.

By Connor, 4th grade
[photo by Sameli via flickr]