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National Novel Writing Month ended at 12:01 a.m. on December 1, and this year twelve intrepid student writers celebrated a successful month of novelling! Indian Creek students from 7th through 12th grade attempted to write their novels in 30 days during the month of November. Some of them gathered every Monday and Wednesday afternoon to meet for NaNoWriMo writing club, while others could only write during their free time (what is free time?!). Altogether, this year’s group of Indian Creek novelists wrote an ASTOUNDING 114,970 words!


On December 6, the student novelists gathered together to celebrate the end of the month of reckless writing and share their novels with each other. Among those celebrating were THREE student novelists who reached their word-count goals and WON NaNoWriMo this year!


This year’s novels were OUTSTANDING! Students wrote novels that covered a range of genres, including mystery and thriller, romance, paranormal, fantasy, post-apocalyptic sci-fi, and super-hero adventures.

During December and throughout the rest of the year, student novelists will continue to work on their books. Editing, revising, and adding even more fantastic scenes will be their goals. For the three students who reached their word-count goals, they will have the option of using a self-publishing site to receive a copy of their own book once they are ready to print!

Well done, novelists! I’m already excited for next November!

lit mag coverVolume IV of the Literary Magazine was a little tardy this year, but it’s more beautiful than ever! Trivium: Journeys is now available in print and digital formats for your enjoyment. If you find yourself at the school, drop by the front office or the library for your very own copy of the Lit Mag. If you just can’t wait to get your hands on a print copy, check out our digital Lit Mag by clicking HERE

Lit Mag CoverLast year’s issue of the Indian Creek Upper School Literary Magazine, Trivium, recently won a First Place award in the American Scholastic Press Association’s annual contest! If you’d like to read Trivium: Beginnings and Endings, click here or ask for a print issue in the main office!

If you’d like to be involved in the editing and publication of new 2014-2015 Lit Mag, let Ms. Everette or Ms. Fetterolf know!

This week, Upper School students are having a blast ripping pages out of an old, unwanted Twilight book, and really going to town with their Sharpies to make some excellent blackout poetry. The finished poem consists of the words on the page that were *not* blacked out. Instead of just leaving the scribbled pages lying around the library, we posted the finished poems on the bulletin board, along with some blank pages just waiting to turn into art, and opened up the blackout poetry fun to anyone who wanted to participate. The final product:

bulletin board

bulletin board

Students in Mrs. Engles’ Creative Writing classes have gotten in on the fun as well! A few of her classes enjoyed making blackout poetry to get ready for Poetry Out Loud.

*Note to all: DO NOT make blackout poetry with books that don’t belong to you!

Originally posted on Oct. 24, 2013 on

Ryn proudly shows off her copy.

Ryn proudly shows off her copy.

In Latin, “trivium” is defined as a crossroads or an intersection. This year’s literary magazine, written, compiled, and published by Indian Creek Upper School students, is an intersection of poetry, fiction, essays, and art.

Keira Henderson’s (’11) “Something’s Missing”, a short personal account, is the first piece and sets a somber tone for the magazine. Hers is the story of a little girl suffering from feelings of abandonment wrought by a neglectful father. Keira’s story is accompanied by an image of a clay sculpture, Snakebear in Blue, by Sarah Zuech (’14), who created a hard blue face that compliments the tone of Keira’s story well.

Sam Ruff’s (’13) “Ripples” is a free verse poem that begs for a change in a world of violence. Maria McGurrin’s (’11) clay Angel, soft yellow and white against a black background, accompanies Sam’s poem.

Liza Slutskaya’s (’12) poem, “Sam’s Smell,” brightens the mood of the magazine with its up-beat rhythm and whimsical topic about a boy who smells so bad that he repels his own blankets. Images of two paintings and one mixed media work, also by Liza, follow “Sam’s Smell.”

Linnea Miller (’12) demonstrates her talent for description in “Climbs and Falls,” her short story about an arduous trek up a mountainous sand dune and the reward that awaited her at the end of her journey.

Trevor Jameson (’11) channels Dr. Seuss in his poem “Slumped,” a call to action which seems to directed specifically at graduating high school students who need a little pick-me-up.

Katy Gilles (’11) addresses a 21st century fear in her essay “Why the Artificial-Intelligence Driven Apocalypse is Definitely Going to Happen.” Her view of robotic technology and its eventual outcomes is full of wit and sarcasm incorporates plenty of pop-culture references.

These are just a small sampling of the wonderful works that you will find in Trivium, available in the David G. Richardson Library and scattered throughout Indian Creek Upper School. Pick up your copy today!

Trivium was edited by Linnea Miller (’12), Caroline Grindrod (’13), Nikole Rocha (’12), Daniel Schelb (’11), and Ryn Seidewitz (’13). Mr. Chip Voros acted as Faculty Advisor.

Originally posted on Feb. 8, 2012 on