A collection of writing and art work from WriteDesign students, current and past, and others associated with WriteDesign.

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can i look into your sketchbook
can i gaze into your soul
can i rip out all the pages
can i glue in what fell out
can i build for you a memory
can i create for you a dream
can i dance a dance for only you
can i share what can't be seen

and can i have a page of my own
to look back on and laugh about?

Meari Keating

WARNING: The content in some of the pieces below represent issues that are important to the individual writers. We have allowed a responsible, yet uncensored forum for them to express these issues.
Oh, by the way. Feel free to comment on any of the work by e-mailing Doug. He will see that the appropriate student receives your feedback. Don't forget to reference the student and work if appropriate.

18 - SDJA's Literary Magazine

Mishelle Apalategui - '00 - an "ode to midnight"

Sylvie McClelland - '00 - a web portfolio and illustrations

JJ Anacker - '01 - a powerful found poem about the Jewish resistance movement in WW2

Natasha McCray - '98 - show not tell - senses

Vince Carrillo - '99 - a short story about parochial school

Alison Mollenhauer - '99 - poetry of life and love

Loni Christiansen - '99 - photography and poetry (elegant imagery)

Nicole Mournian - '98 - show not tell - raw senses

Jared Cohen - '00 - writing about humanity

Karina Perez - '98 - Spanish and English poetry, a short story, and show not tell

coincidence - excerpts from a conceptual multimedia arts show centering on 1919 expressionism

Melissa Powell - '00 - painting and writing that needs to be seen, remember her name, she will be famous

Cheryl Concannon - '98 - physical poetry

Chris Prieto - '00 - art and writing that makes you feel...

Michael Cornell - '99 - poetry and short stories from another world

River of Words - 9th grade cross-curricular project (multiple parts under construction)

Katie DeLagrave - '99 - poetry that looks back

Charlie Rowell - '00 - art and writing with personality

Nicole DeLagrave - '97 - Be Well and Be Safe.

Sacha St. Germain - '99 - a site with "integrity"

Mike Dolinka - '03 - several poems, a real departure from the two short stories about the old west

Jacqueline Sandberg - '01 - poetry that moves as smoothly as Jacqueline dances

doug - sketchbook - doug's experiment - we hear the word no... - photos from africa - bio - drawing, photography, writing, ranting, and self-promoting

Erika Sanchez - '00 - comic characters from another planet, stellar work...sorry about that, but I love this site

Melissa Escobedo - '99 - journal entries addressing moving away - a dedication to all victims in Littleton, Colorado

San Diego-Sha'ar HaNegev Teacher Exchange - photography, drawings, poetry, commentary, and links to Israel

Jianyne Figueroa - '99 - poetry with answers

camille shapiro - '05 - bizarre works

Shasta Friend - '99 - senior sonnet

Kristina Simmons - '99 - insight into a singer

Henry Goldberg - '98 - poetry that fills your soul

Shelby Sterrett - '99 - a look back to go forward

Cara Grote - '98 - poetry that bites

Summer - '98 - a reality check

Amy Hansen - '98 - poetry that you consume

Nicole Tempel - '98 - an ode to coffee shops

Ashley Huck - '98 - a holiday memory and an "ode to...TP"

Michael Velez - '00 - writing with as much character as the actor himself

Tyler Huff - '00 - show not tell - senses

Sean Vienna - '99 - a review of Tom Wolfe's, The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test

Tim Ivison - '00 - painting and writing from another place, worth the visit

Daisy Williams - '98 - writing that requires an open mind

Karrie Jackson - '98 - poetry with an edge

Erica Wolfsen - '00 - writing and art, I wish there was more

Meari Keating - '00 - poetry of love and life

Derek Wood - '00 - expressive art

Andrew Koorey - '98 - an interactive sci-fi short story (very cool) - Wait, there's an update...or as AK calls it, "yet more roadkill on the information superhighway."

Michelle Wright - '00 - a review of: The Things They Carried, by Tim O'Brien

Caitlin Kuhwald - '98 - a commentary on the WTO protest, poetry, and show not tell

Yosemite 1999 - 6th grade trip (There are three parts) - drawings, photography, and poetry

Gareth Lloyd - '00 - drawings and art with a view of other places

Yosemite 2000 - 6th grade trip - drawings, photography, and poetry

Jessica Luedtke - '98 - show not tell and insight into Moos - not the cows


Nathan Luedtke - '00 - poetry of love, life, and remembrance


Tina Malka's 6th Grade Quilt Project - Judaic text re-representation through art

Marco - '99 - short story about nothing special

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Your whole life is your portfolio.
And that will always be who you are.
I've seen more people come into the business with a great education. Then they lose touch with what their career in advertising is supposed to be about. Pretty soon, people are seduced by client guys. They begin to make small concessions. You become the assistant creative director's favorite guy--you get a raise, get married, buy a house. Now you get to rein in the creative guys in your group. Pretty soon, you become creative director. Big house, two kids, but now your job is to keep accounts running smoothly. New management comes in and wants more creative work. They get a new creative director. New blood. Now this guy has to find a job with this lousy portfolio. His Art Center degree doesn't mean anything. People don't burn out--they sell out. Stay true to what's in your book!- LEE CLOW Chairman and chief creative officer at TBWA Chiat/Day, Inc., Venice, California. (from a talk at Art Center, October 13, 1997)
"You can set your mind to do anything. Whether you accomplish it is up to you. You work how hard you want to work, and only you know when you're done, and if it's good. Whether or not you receive accreditation for your deeds is out of your hands, but if you know what you did is the best, and you are proud, that is better than any award given. So display your work for yourself with pride, in a portfolio, a book, or in your own great mind."
Ashley Huck

Some of the student works were inspired by the power of Pablo Neruda's Poetry
It's the words that sing, they soar and descend...I bow to them...I love them, I cling to them, I run them down, I bite into them, I melt them down...I love words so much...The unexpected ones...The ones I wait for greedily or stalk until, suddenly, they drop...Vowels I love...They glitter like colored stones, they leap like silver fish, they are foam, thread, metal, dew...I run after certain words...They are so beautiful that I want to fit them all into my poem...I catch them in mid-flight, as they buzz past, I trap them, clean them, peel them, I set myself in front of the dish, they have a crystalline texture to me, vibrant, ivory, vegetable, oily, like fruit, like algae, like agates, like olives...And then I stir them, I shake them, I drink them, I gulp them down, I mash them, I garnish them, I let them go...I leave them in my poem like stalactites, like slivers of polished wood, like coals, pickings from a shipwreck, gifts from the waves...Everything exists in the word.
Pablo Neruda

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