Cold Asphalt

By Leighton Tanaka, TIWP Student She sat outside on the cold asphalt, hugging her knees. She cried, and I cried too. I wondered how humans, born to be kind but deteriorating as they developed, were able to do this. Great rains fell from above, the world grieved the colossal loss of a thousand different lives. […]

Lost in the Sea of Life

By Leighton Tanaka, TIWP Student The smell of dinner awaiting Nico half finished tempted her. But she restrained herself under the accusing gaze of her sister, Winter. She scowled but obeyed, knowing full well what it meant to start early. The table sat empty but set, waiting for the overflowing portions of her mothers food. […]


By Maya Petzoldt, TIWP student “Hey- HEY!” You hear something- like repetitive snapping, and slowly crack open your eyes. As you blink the first thing you focus on is what is far above you. It’s dark, and reddish, like black rust. But then you focus on what is much closer, the tan hand snapping their […]

The Whispering Woods

By Riley Faust, TIWP Student The Whispering Woods were strangely quiet. Soft, dewy grass blanketed the forest floor and silenced my footsteps. Rays of sunlight passed through the rough branches of trees, raining down light. It wasn’t warm, but rather a comfortable cold, a temperature that felt fitting among the dark, velvety bark of the […]

A Rock and A River

By Sol Dente, TIWP Student Down the hill and right a ways from my house lies a rock. I cannot tell you its size or its shape, nor what colors the sun choses to paint it as when it sinks below the waterline or how it feels to run a calloused fingertip over its bumps […]

Foot Gazing

By Ava Skidgel, TIWP Student The train’s doors rushed open and busy feet stepped across the crack that separated the station’s city floor and the train. Above me, a sign that flashed “Crosby” indicated the train’s whereabouts. My head was perched downwards and I was observing the passing feet that trekked and treaded through the […]

The Clock Ticks

By Ellis Murphy, TIWP Student I sit in the waiting room. The clock ticks, the pendulum swings. I look back at how I got here. At the series of events that led to this moment. The clock ticks, the pendulum swings. I remember the people chasing me. The woman in the alley. “Come with me […]

Don’t Look Up

By Eleanor Wilson, TIWP Student “There’s something behind you.” That was the last thing I heard my father say. That day still haunts me. The feeling of being shoved under water. It whispering in low tones to let it in. And in that moment I realized, the end had begun. Running. The loud sound of […]

A Fiction Story About Love

By Jessica Anderson, TIWP Student I love you Anna, I love the way you smile, the way you laugh, and I love you. You make me happy everyday and when we go on walks you bring a bag then pick up all the trash you see. It brightens my heart when you enter each room […]

Night Writing

By Zara Quiter, TIWP Student I can make shadows dance. Late at night, under the covers when the bright streetlight peeks through the blinds, illuminating a tiny corner of my room. And then it starts to move, on the mirror, on the door. And a small voice in my head. About a hero, who wants […]