In her own words: Different yet the same
Loveland High School (LHS) Freshman Katie Hutton spent the weekend of March 22-23 at The School for the Creative & Performing Arts working as a writer outside of class. Hutton was selected to join students from neighboring districts and community members for the debut Community of Stories event, sponsored by the Mayerson Foundation. Please see Hutton’s account of the experience below, as presented in her own words.
Community of Stories Review
By Katie Hutton, LHS freshman
The Community of Stories event taught me that everyone has a story to tell, and they all deserve to be heard. In the small groups we were given prompts and then asked to write for a certain amount of time. Afterwards everyone who wanted to share what they had written down spoke while others listened. Hearing other people’s stories at this event has really taught me to value other people’s opinions. All of the stories made me realize how different everyone’s life is from mine, but in a way we are all still connected. While everyone listened, we were given a paper where we could write down our favorite lines from everyone’s stories; this is the Golden Line technique. Then the popcorn technique was used to share those golden lines in a free and open way. This is something that was super fun, and I hope to use throughout my life when I write. At the end of each day open-mic was held, and anyone who was willing to share was given the opportunity to tell their story in front of everyone. I heard everything from poetry to stories from experience, and every story was different and exciting in its own way.
My opinion of this event is that it was a very eye-opening experience. I felt as though I learned so much about myself and others. Just from this event I have developed as a writer and am more confident in my ability to put my voice and thoughts on paper. People of all ages came together through this event and just for a little while we were all one. I cannot wait to see what next year’s event will bring.