Why a website?

Ever since finishing the script of Rome & Juliet, the Outtakes have been bouncing ideas around for our next project. We tossed around a few concepts for a new webseries— Moliere’s The Misanthrope, fairytales, creating our own original content… but nothing seemed to stick. We knew how much dedication it took to write R&J, and we weren’t sure we’d be able to handle it this time around. We’ve tumbled headfirst into our senior year of high school here in Minnesota, each of us taking college classes full time, and we don’t have as much free time as we did back in sophomore year.

After months of weekly coffee meetings and endless rewrites getting us no closer to a concrete plan, we decided that we simply didn’t have enough time or resources for another full-scale, months-long project. Besides, we wanted to expand our horizons beyond just screenplay and filmmaking!

We created our website as a way for us to experiment in other types of creative media. We’re hoping to do great things with this space! We want it to be a place of inspiration and shared creativity. Not to mention, once we’ve all dispersed to our separate colleges, we won’t be writing together anymore. No more overly-ambitious projects, no more obscure references, no more weekly coffee meetings… When our local coffee shop is once again able to breathe because they don’t have to deal with three loud girls coming in every week, we want this to be a place where we can continue to share our individual work. We hope that even the distance of college won’t be able to end the Outtakes and our combined love for literature.

With that, welcome to the Outtakes! We’ve got lots of exciting literary things planned for our last year of high school that we’ll be sure to talk about here. We hope you’ll check back often to peruse our original content: short stories, poetry, author interviews, reviews, and more!

-Katrina, Rachel, and Shannie

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