The Girl, The Scream, The Pen

By Audrey Lambert, TIWP Student The girl sat on the bench, staring straight ahead, grinding her teeth. She just couldn’t take that goddamned party anymore. She ran her fingers through her hair and adjusted her velvet dress. Why had they forced her to come here? Forced her to wear a dress? Forced her to be […]


By Ashley Larson, TIWP Student A​ ​9​ ​year​ ​old​ ​girl​ ​was​ ​sat​ ​down​ ​by​ ​her​ ​grandmother​ ​on​ ​the​ ​blue​ ​satin​ ​couch​ ​as​ ​she slumped​ ​over​ ​in​ ​the​ ​pink​ ​shirt​ ​and​ ​looked​ ​up​ ​with​ ​curiosity.​ ​Grandma​ ​told​ ​her​ ​that​ ​everyone​ ​gets into​ ​habits​ ​and​ ​those​ ​habits​ ​happen​ ​at​ ​ages​ ​you​ ​cannot​ ​control.​ ​Those​ ​are​ ​the​ ​ages […]

Club Limbo

By Audrey Lambert, TIWP Student The wind whipped my hair as I swayed back and forth, trying not to lose my balance along the rail. The ocean to my left and the freeway to my right created a contrasting song of peace and chaos. The music pumping through my headphones drowned most of the noise […]

Ad Astra Per Aspera*

*Latin for “through hardships to the stars” By Neena Grewal, TIWP Student “This is hard,” I say, immediately regretting it. “You think I don’t know that?” She’s angry now. “I told you, if you aren’t ready, then just leave.” “I’m just scared,” I reply, knowing anything I say will only make things worse. “Look, I’m […]


By Scarlett Mosher, TIWP Student Light. Silver. Darkness. The girl’s eyelids fluttered open, filling her pupils with moonlight. Something—she didn’t know what—was tickling her hands. Hands. So that’s what they were called. She didn’t know why these words popped into her head, attaching themselves to what she could see. The tickling sensation was growing stronger […]

My Dog Ate My Homework

By Lucy Terhar, TIWP student “My dog ate my homework,” I lied to my teacher. “You can do better than that,” she replied. I looked at my teacher and said “Fine, here’s what really happened:” It was all finished so I left it on my bed and went out to play outside. When I realized […]

Yellow Girl

By Audrey Lambert, TIWP Student The old man across from me examined the hole in his sock. The slight rocking of the train kept lulling me to sleep. But then another waft of the barf-inducing stench of his feet would hit me. Knowing that sleep would be useless, I stared out the window. The thing […]


By Ashley Larson, TIWP Student life is solitaire. ace. i wish i was your ace. diamond. i have to look beautiful. and heart. my heart… you never truly realized i was ever here, did you? i mean, i am just a solitary human being, why should you have noticed me? i watched you grow and […]

Roadside Spirits

By Lily Abells, TIWP Student The battered old truck grumbled to a halt in the empty parking lot. Emily sighed and cut the engine. She rubbed her face and pushed at the door. Its old, rusted hinges stuck, and when she slammed her shoulder into it, she almost toppled out. She shut and locked it […]

The Jump

By Lily Abells, TIWP Student “You’re such a big baby,” Joe sneered at her from the middle of the pool. “I am not,” Louisa crossed her arms and looked away. “I just don’t feel like swimming in the same pool as someone gross like you. Her cousin rolled his eyes. “Whatever. That’s a lame excuse. […]