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A Mini-Workshop:
Photo Zoom-In or Out

This step-by-step mini-workshop was inspired by the picture book Zoom, by Istvan Banyai, which is shared at many of the in-service classes offered by the Northern Nevada Writing Project.

Writer Instructions:

Do you have a photo lying around...just waiting to be put in an album or a safe place?  Photographs like this often become amazingly good pieces of writing!  Especially if you write about them using our zoom in or zoom out method, which is inspired by Istvan Banyai in the picture book Zoom.

Want to try?  Get some scratch paper and sharpen your pencil.  Get that photograph (for real or in your mind--having the actual picture works better though) that is going to inspire you.  A sample is below to help you see the technique this workshop encourages.

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An example zoom out paragraph:

Good Fortune

     Her crystal ball is actually the rounded top of the pasta jar from our kitchen.  Her hands dance around the glass as she pretends to beckon forth portentous spirits.  Her eyes look neither at her hands nor her crystal ball; she is staring directly, instead, into her customer's eyes.  I, in my buck-toothed bunny shirt, am watching her hands, which I have always been fascinated by.  Our backyard in Fresno is watching us suspiciously.



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