ShoStoWriMo Highlights

During the month of December, Great River Regional Library celebrates Short Story Writing Month (ShoStoWriMo). Teens and adults could enter in their unique stories about this historical image from the Stearns History Museum. To make it truly a short story challenge, writers were to compose their story in only 33 words (since we have 33 locations)! 

Thank you to all who participated and enjoyed the challenge.

Here are some highlights:

  • "The squeaking wheels roll over, CRASH! The precious cargo falling into the river below. The driver peers out and stares at the mess and said: 'I shouldn't have looked at that wooly sheep!'" - Jason, St. Cloud
  • "Why! Why would you clowns think a train should pop a wheelie?" the engineer yelled.
    The offenders shrugged apathetically.
    A young boy ran up. "Sir, the elephants escaped."
    "Oh, I hate circus trains." - Abigail, Monticello
  • "Last Thursday, a Soo line crew had a wrench thrown into their plans, literally! It seems a wrench was left on the tracks causing the train to derail. No injuries were reported." - Heidi, Elk River
  • "They exist!  They're not fables - there it was. The train stopped-it stood there- seconds and then - gone. Massive excitement, that is until the train tipped over because everyone ran to one side." - Dave, St. Michael 
  • "I think I can. I think I can. I think I can. I think I can. I think I can. I think I can. I think I can. I think I -OOPS!" - Kesa, St. Cloud
  • "I was traveling west on a gloomy day. The train started shaking and I looked the window out to see that the train was tipping just before everything went up in flames." - Kaitlin, Richmond 
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