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#TruthvsMyth: The truth about Detroit from

the perspective of Detroit-area students

#TruthvsMyth was a Scribe Tribe writing workshop hosted by Alkebu-lan Village in Detroit. Over the course of four sessions, students engaged in thoughtful discussions about the way Detroit is represented in the media, and how this often differs from their day-to-day experiences living in the city. They were then encouraged to do some freewriting on this topic, titling their works with 6-word stories (à la Ernest Hemingway). As you can see below, the finished output ranged from free verse poetry to open letters, but the theme of the "truth vs. myth" about Detroit runs throughout each piece.

Beyond the eyes, they tell lies

Beyond the eyes, they tell lies

V'Niecia D., 10th, Ben Carson HS

Keep your feelings on your sleeves

Keep your feelings on your sleeves

V'Niecia D., 10th, Ben Carson High School

The Rose City

The Rose City

Michael B., 10th, Denby

Detroit People

Detroit People

Detroit is a place of choices

Detroit is a place of choices

Christopher D. 7th, Detroit Lions Academy

Detroit is not what it seems

Detroit is not what it seems

Omari K., 11th, MLK

Good vs Bad Detroit

Good vs Bad Detroit

Detroit is a very good place

Detroit is a very good place

Adrian B.

Detroit is a seed

Detroit is a seed

Aravios G., 7th

Can't stop us

Can't stop us

Aravios G., 7th

Detroit is a rebuilding city

Detroit is a rebuilding city

Dontez S.,

If you're not from here...

If you're not from here...

Josiah S.,

Detroit Wars

Detroit Wars

DeShawn S., 7th, Academy of Warren

Broken beauty soon to be restored

Broken beauty soon to be restored

Reanna W. 10th, Grosse Pointe North,