Unboxing a DREAM

By LEANA DICKERSON For the Keizertimes “The 2:30 Circle” began as an educational opportunity for youth to express themselves and find a voice through writing. It has transformed into a work of pride and excitement for nine youth from McNary High School. The Flash Fiction Club published an 84 page book compiling their original works of poetry, prose, and short stories on June 5. Eric Howald of the Keizertimes set up the group with the help of Creative Writing Teacher Susanne Stefani. Students met once a week after school at 2:30 p.m. to challenge themselves and learn through written word. One of the writers, recent graduate Ricardo Urbano, wrote a five-page piece about an orphan youth who struggles with also being a werewolf. “I’ve always had this fascination with werewolves,” Urbano said. “I wanted to explore in my own imagination. I want to fulfill the fantasies I had when I was younger.” Along with this piece, titled “A Pair of Waifs,” Urbano has six-word memoirs included in the book. “This experience has given me much more confidence to share my work and truly focus on completing stories and ideas that I’ve had before that I’ve never been able to bring to life,” Urbano said. “It was fun creating a piece that I could share with the world and would end up in a book like I’ve always wanted.” Now,...

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