Our literature and storytelling during the 2021-2022 academic year is devoted to the Western genre. We have been reading a selection of novels in this genre and have also watched a few Western films.

Each semester, students are also writing their own Western story, as exemplified below. We invite you to read these stories and leave feedback in the comments section at the bottom of the page. Our mantra regarding feedback is that it needs to be “kind, specific, and helpful.” We are all growing as writers, so we take your critique to heart.

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The Astrolites

The Calling

The Calling Part II

The Dead Shots

Desert of the Heroes: The Fall of Billy Bart
This story was developed collaboratively by eight students.

The Duel

A Forest Tale

Just in Time to Save Denver

Just in Time to Save Rosebud

Justice and Self-Reliance

Nova Graves

The Redemption & Revenge of Theodore Bell

Secrets of Old

Silent is the Traitor

Such a Poet

The Voiceless

A Wanted Man


Throughout the year, we also wrote many short pieces, often inspired by a prompt or sentence starter. Here are the students’ favorites from the second semester:

2022 Favorite Short Pieces