Dear Mom and Dad,
I'm enjoying myself immensely at writing camp this
summer. I'm very glad you made the investment. The
experience of being on a college campus is awesome. The food
here is much better than at Franklin Middle School. My
roommate's name is Luis, and he's from Pittsburgh,
Pennsylvania. He's also eleven years old.
My first week here is going very fast. This morning
we learned all about conflict, which is the "problem" in a
story. There are five basic types of conflict. Man vs.
Man is when a character has a problem with one or more of the other
characters. Man vs. Himself is when a character struggles with
himself, trying to decide what to do about some problem. Man
vs. Society deals with a character having a problem with society-the
school, the law, tradition. Man vs. Nature is when a character
is in conflict with some element of nature-bitter cold, extreme
heat, a tornado. I immediately thought of the book Hatchet
by Gary Paulsen. Brian Robeson, the main character, definitely
deals with many adverse situations in nature after the plane
crashes. The last type of conflict we learned about is called
Man vs. Fate (Destiny). This is when a character fights
against a problem that seems too big to control.
We have an assignment due on Friday which requires us to
use one of the conflict scenarios we've learned. I can't wait
to get to the computer lab to get started. Many of the ideas
are being formulated in my head as I write this letter to you.
The protagonist of the story (which is the hero, in case you didn't
know) is going to be none other than, ME! The setting is going
to be in the year 2051.
In case I didn't mention it, it's now 9:50 P.M., and the
rule around here is "Lights Out at 10:00". Please
remind Stephan to feed my gerbil.
Love and miss you,
P.S. I'll be home in a week and a half!