The Writer's Den

UCLA's creative writing student group

Volunteer Update: To Bee or Not to Bee

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By: Angelica Lai on her handy dandy camera phone.

On the drive back from volunteering with the 7th grade class on this sleep-deprived morning, there was a bee clinging to the window of the car. We think it was pollinating the glass.

We named it Stick. But one of our volunteers wanted to name it Spider Bee. I said we could use that as a hooker name, and then they got into a debate with me about what constitutes a hooker name.

Eventually, I think we stuck with Stick.

Oh yes, the actual point of this post: We taught the students about theme today so they could incorporate it into the short stories they’re working on.

They ended up creating alternate ending to fairy tales and superhero stories and such, and seeing how that would change up the themes.

My group did Goldilocks and one of the students made the bears evil and put sleeping pills in the Just Right bowl. When Goldilocks fell asleep on the Just Right bed, they ate her. And she tasted Just Right.

The theme they came up with? Nature’s the boss.

Now your challenge as a writer, if you want a prompt:

Come up with an alternate ending, whether a well-known story or one that you already wrote. And Bee amazed. (I enjoy puns way too much don’t I? Don’t judge me, it Stings.)


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