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iWrite Takes on Summer!


Talented Teens Explore Expressive and Technical Writing

by Naomi Davis
The first two weeks of iWrite were focused on expressive writing. Student’s worked on pieces that reflected them as a person, as well as answering research questions they were interested in. The instructor for that week was Jacquline Raphael. The third week of iWrite
was more focused on technical writing. For that week, there was a new instructor, Turiya. The students practiced writing detailed instructions and learned more about technical writing.

While they were mostly writing, the students did have fun playing UNO and other fun things, such as getting a tour of the Moda Center.

A Technical Take

by Metta Truong
During the last week of iWrite, we welcomed a new instructor, the ever exuberant Technical Turiya. After studying instructions, we explored our ideas for inventions we would have loved to be invented, and created brochures, newsletters, such as this, and business letters hyping up our inventions. From flying cars to schools that focused on preparing us for our careers, we created detailed explanations of how our inventions would work. During our library visit, we dusted off books that would help us understand how the invention would work believably, and continued our work.

 

iLove iWrite

by Shoni Jain
During the last week of iWrite, we welcomed a new instructor, the ever exuberant Technical Turiya. After studying instructions, we explored our ideas for inventions we would have loved to be invented, and created brochures, newsletters, such as this, and business letters hyping up our inventions. From flying cars to schools that focused on preparing us for our careers, we created detailed explanations of how our inventions would work. During our library visit, we dusted off books that would help us understand how the invention would work believably, and continued our work.

Behind the Scenes at the Moda

by Turiya Autry
iWrite summer workshop students obtained a unique view of the inner workings of Portland’s Moda Center. Booking event development manager Micheal Betts guided students and staff through the labyrinth of the arena and some typically off-limits areas. Betts described the preparation and work that goes into putting on a wide range of events at the stadium. Did you know that the Blazers basketball team
often plays basketball on a court that is set up above layers of ice? We learned that getting the arena ready for ice events takes three whole days! Since there isn’t time to redo the ice, they leave it underneath! Betts shared how rescheduling all the shows cancelled during the pandemic means that this year will be jam packed with the addition of delayed events.

 

Did you know that there are special rooms in the Moda Center for the stars and athletes to prepare, relax and to entertain their guests?
We visited the special lounges, dining areas and even the star green rooms. We got the inside scoop on some of the very specific celebrity requests that the arena has to meet before shows. Stars request specifics for the venue’s sound, lighting and stage set-up, but that is not all! They also make a lot of very detailed requests for how they want the Star Rooms decorated for their time in the arena. One famous artist requested a specific organic paint color for the walls. No big deal right? Wrong! The paint had to be specially ordered and shipped from overseas, plus it required three coats! According to Betts, the paint was probably still a little damp when the artist arrived.
These types of details come with the territory of managing events and following the technical riders that are provided by the various musical artists, athletes and entertainment that perform at Portland’s Moda Center. Getting the inside view of the multiple steps that go into preparing events provided a real-world example of technical writing in action and an incredible look behind the scenes.

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