Rocketfuel, the youngest group of science fiction and fantasy writers in the Yukon, showcased their own writing (and art and music) Dec 4th at the Frank Slim’s Building at Shipyard’s Park. It’s a nice venue with a roaring fireplace. Makes it cozy. Snacks were had, parents were entertained. Must have been about twenty people there.
About the readings–wow. Okay, I know, I’m biased, but even I was blown away that night. My boss, Mia Lee, was also amazed. And the parents were too. The writing was great, and fun. We had readings about a day in the life of one of the heads of Cerberus, an alien abduction, a psychiatrist who knows a bit too much about Hell, an amulet that everyone wants, and other writings of imagination.
Even the parents got to play when we brought out Justin Whitney’s patented Story Seeds, guaranteed to jump start a story, and starting playing the game around the room.
I’d like to thank all those students in our Rocketfuel afterschool writing program–Franz, Hal, Santana, Zeb, Kylie, Erica, Kalyna, Renyka, Aubrey–and our emeritus writers Ashley, Bailey and Victoria. We really do believe that writing contributes to the well-being of a young adult, and that fantasy and science fiction are part of our culture–a vivid part–that contributes to our cultural identity. It can also change the way we see our world.
Every culture holds dear a story that has supernatural elements in it, and this story defines and contributes to that culture. Someone had to write about the dragon, Grendel and his mother, chomping on knights in the King’s Hall, or a Monkey to bring back the wisdom from the West, or captured a Djinn in a lamp, or brought a people across a sea split by the hand of God, and someone defined vampires, werewolves, ghosts and the Devil for a culture that enjoyed hearing the dark stories as much as the light ones…. Fiction even changed the way we celebrate Christmas. When our young writers write fantasy they are contributing to a long line of fantastical stories–to explain their world, even as they live in ours.
The Young Author’s Conference understands this, and every summer, when the writers gather with our high schoolers, those writers read the works of our kids and at least half of them are fantasy and science fiction. It’s important to develop a vivid and detailed imagination. This is how adults solve problems—by imagining the solutions AND how to get there.
Watch for the Yukon News article on Rocketfuel on Dec 23rd! Woo-hoo!
In January, TWO Rocketfuels start back up after school. One at Porter Creek on Tuesdays and one at FH on Wednesdays. If you think someone in your family might enjoy this, sign up through the Parks and Recreation, City of Whitehorse Leisure Guide or by calling Mia Lee at 668-8327.