Mirror Notes from A Teenage Girl

By Tate Johnson, TIWP Student If your gut says something is wrong, it probably is, and even if it’s not, you won’t regret removing yourself from the situation. Don’t talk shit about people. Remember your relationships change and the girl you and your friends hate right now could be one of your new BFFs in […]

I Am A Student

By Katerina Bonderud, TIWP Student I am a student. It seems like school is what makes up my life. And sadly, it really does. I like to think people are doing what their heart desires, and that on weekends they deep dive into their crazy endeavors. But for me, most of the time, I’m doing […]

Freedom

By Maxine Pollock, TIWP Student My dress swished against the tall grass as I ran. The white linen brushed the feathery reeds, each speaking in a brief moment of connection before I was gone. The ground was damp underfoot, my bare feet propelled by the bounce of the earth. My long dress swished over the […]

Elizabeth Bennet

By Zoe Moga, TIWP Student I like to sit in little coffee shops near the grand libraries of the city, re-reading Jane Austen novels filled with protagonists too modern and radical for the time they lived in. I can just imagine Elizabeth Bennet thriving today. Can’t you just see it? I would want to be […]

The Healer

By Kayli Harley, TIWP Student This writing was inspired by the image of the girl on the poster by Jessica Sobagal for the 2017 Women’s March on Washington. She was born with big, curious eyes, that held the world in them. Her small fingers searched through life as it expanded before her, not a single […]

Social Anxiety

By Aly Kirke, TIWP Student I go out. Not because I want to, but because I know I should. Within two hours I want to go home. When the sun begins to fall, I try to cling on, to still smile, to still laugh. And I do, but I get tired because each lift of […]

Tomorrow Is Today

By Aly Kirke, TIWP Student Days turn to night. And then they do it again. A rose will bloom, and then it will die, and then another rose will grow. The world will spin today and it will still spin the next. The clock will not stop ticking, and demanding, and controlling. Tomorrow is today, […]

Six-Word Story

By Katerina Bonderud, TIWP Student Black person, white cops, and bullshit. See human and human, nothing more. Court reversed innocent until proven guilty. Before he walked in, he lost. He was the captain of basketball. He was having fun with friends. Sure, he was a bit loud. Can people not just have fun? No, everyone […]

Childhood

By Aly Kirke, TIWP Student I am tiny, but I am huge. My imagination wilder than a beast, my mind as open as the Pacific. The only boundaries I know are how far I can run before I am cheating in the neighborhood game of tag. Endless brilliant possibilities of what might come tomorrow bloom […]

Women’s Work

By Libby Hawkins, TIWP Student We were taught at such a young age that what women “should” be. When I was little, I thought I would be a teacher or a nurse, until I’d drop everything to be a wife and mother. That was fine with me because that was all I knew. Then I […]