Winter Ideas 2016

01/07/2016 - 1:00pm
Keep your mind warm with these suggested topics to write for Fresh Ink for Teens.
A lone skier on Mount Hermon in northern Israel. Wikimedia Commons 
 
 
The best ideas come from inside your heads, but if you are itching to write (not from wearing a wool sweater) and don’t know what to write about, look over this list of suggested topics. Send an email to freshinkforteens@jewishweek.org and let us know what inspires you.   
 
College Essays     Seniors, send me any essays that include something Jewish or Israel-related. Who knew essays were good for more than getting into college? 
 
Super Bowl (Feb. 7)     What’s Jewish about the NFL — maybe the kosher snacks for your viewing party? 
 
Oscars (Feb. 28)     Calling all film fans. Write about Jewish-themed movies or Jewish actors, directors or writers we should know about. Who are your favorite Jewish Oscar contenders?  
 
Jewish Disabilities Awareness Month (Feb.)     Do you participate in any programs that include mixed abilities? Want to share experiences regarding your disability?  
 
I Heart Camp     What is it with Jewish teens and their sleepaway obsessions? Are you counting down the days till summer? Planning visits with your out of town friends? Do you enjoy off-site trips or do you wish camp experiences were exclusively on site? Write about why you love everything about camp.  
 
Podcasts     Do you subscribe to podcasts? Listen to any programs from Israel? What do you recommend for your peers?
 
Community Service Projects     Did you participate in an alternative winter break or Midnight Run? Do you volunteer in a soup kitchen or spearhead a social media campaign to prevent distracted driving? You participate in so many worthwhile causes; they’re all perfect topics for FIT. And hey, if you’re the type who prefers to sit on the couch and binge on Netflix that’s valid too. Try to motivate yourself to write about it.   
 
I Can’t Believe You Did That     Have a funny, real-life story to share? I want a Jewish teen version of Metropolitan Diary from the New York Times. For example, someone walked into the wrong bar mitzvah party and was introduced to members of the celebrant’s family. Or my nephew walked into a synagogue and said too loudly, “it smells like the rabbi.” Share your cute, silly or embarrassing tales.
 
Foreign Friends     Do you have Jewish friends in India, Scotland or Mexico? Maybe you met someone at camp from Vermont. Tell us about Jews from different communities, near or far.
 
DIY     Are you handy or crafty? Did you make your own tallit? Have a delicious challah recipe to share? Give the readers tips on how to make an attractive Shabbat or holiday table. 
 
People of the Book     What are you reading these days? How do movie versions compare with the books? For example—anyone see “The Giver” and read the book? Is there a Jewish message in “Brooklyn”?  
 
New school this year? Changes in your family? Have you sworn off Facebook forever? Think about styles, trends, phases, gadgets, pet peeves and nuisances. They’re all concepts worthy of FIT.