The Bench

By Leighton Tanaka, TIWP Student Leaves had fallen on the bitter floor, torn apart and trampled upon, they would not rise again. More dead than alive, withered leaves weakly gripped the trees as the grinding winds attempted to rip them away. Their final struggle before being blown apart from the woods, a last dance with […]

The Smell of Old Leather Books

By Sol Dente, TIWP Student when i was born, the first thing i knew was the smell of old leather books. it permeated the air of my childhood, settled deep into my bones and ran like raindrops down my spine. it was baked into the oxygen in my blood, woven into my hair follicles and […]

If You Steal a Van Full of Cats . . .

By Bryn Van Den Broeck, TIWP Student You work at an animal shelter and you are delivering a van full of cats when you start to feel hungry. You park the van but you forgot to lock the doors. You are about to walk into the restaurant when you hear the van start and drive away. […]

The Invaders

By Anya Parikh, TIWP Student Chapter 1: The Beginning “The invaders are back,” said Wave. “The scrolls say that the Invaders will come back in three days, but, if you can turn off The Lever of Invading you can stop them from invading us. It is a dangerous adventure but, if you can turn it […]

Remember to Stay

By Leighton Tanaka, TIWP Student A cold, hard chair pushed up against me. It was brown but it was covered in the white buzzing glow of the lights. My teacher droned on in front of us, her heels clicking on the linoleum floors as she paced back and forth. Over and over her shoes found […]

A Voice

By Emma Stokes, TIWP Student She was desperate. Practically on her knees. Begging to talk to anyone. It seemed to her that no one would listen. No one wanted to listen to her long list of problems. The thing is she would never talk. She wouldn’t answer if you asked. She wouldn’t look at you […]


By Morgan Gregg, TIWP Student Look I know you are trying to relax and maybe wind down for the night with a nice book but I’m warning you: put down this book immediately and you you can go on with your life not knowing of the treacherous, dangerous things that lurk just under the surface, […]

They Got Me

By Emma Stokes, TIWP Student He knows something and he won’t tell me. These days he spends most of his time alone in his room muttering random phrases to himself that mean nothing. He says it will never be the same. What? He walks around and it seems everyone stares because they don’t know him. […]

The Infirmary

By Leighton Tanaka, TIWP Student “Has anyone seen Aspen?” The warm fire crackles and slows. It flickers in the black, being swallowed into the darkness. A fire that doesn’t warm but keeps one alive during the deadly winter. The warmth quickly disappeared into the atmosphere, and instead, we were left with each other. I could […]

This One Time

By Leighton Tanaka, TIWP Student The cold metal chair presses up against my body. The legs creak under my weight. Amber shines in through the windows, I sit just past the shadow. I had been talking with my friend about nothing. But now we sat in silence, she stared down awkwardly at her hands. She […]