Real Talk. KFHS Creative Writing students took their writing to the next level by designing, publishing, producing, and distributing a student literary magazine. After drafting a variety of pieces, students were tasked with sharing their writing with a larger audience, to which they selected KFHS students and staff.
Gabriel Cruden, publisher and editor of the North Columbia Monthly,then visited the class and shared the process he underwent to re-brand the local magazine, defined roles and responsibilities of an editorial team, and offered considerations for publication and distribution. He also took students through an activity to develop a Purpose Statement to help drive the focus of the magazine. After his visit, students revisited and revised their purpose statement, and delegated roles for students to fill including: editor, copy editor, illustrators, layout & design, and production & distribution. Mr. Cruden then returned to our class where students presented their vision for the magazine including their Purpose Statement and plan for publication, and he helped them troubleshoot and refine their vision.
The students put their plan into action and created Real Talk, a literary magazine featuring all original student work. They took orders from staff to how many they'd like to display in their areas, and after printing, folding and stapling, distributed copies throughout the high school with the hopes their words will make a difference.
Purpose Statement: Real Talk is published to construct an entertaining, honest, and inclusive publication that features the most that Creative Writing students have to offer.