English 10: Writing Portfolio


Catholic Memorial High School



Creative Writing  

Dear Ms. Macdonald,

Hi, my name is Chris Alexopoulos. I’m a 16 year old sophomore at Catholic Memorial High School in Boston, MA (USA). This year my class and myself are studying British Literature, starting from Contemporary Authors, like yourself, and making our way back to the first book ever written in English “Beowulf”. While doing so research in the library, I came across your name and decided to find out a little bit about you and some of your works. When I looked at our texts, I soon realized that the authors & company failed to mention you and your works.

I am writing this letter to invite you to come read my class, and tell us a little about yourself and of your works. It is unfortunate that we will not be able to read any of your plays, so in a way, we are having a great perspective of literature hidden from us. I especially liked your play “When I Was a Girl, I Used to Scream and Shout”. I guess that I get weak in the knees for Mother- Daughter conflicts; it’s probably because I’m the neutral 3rd party when my own mother and sister have these types of moments. I also found it interesting that you were a former actress, which is a coincidence because I use to do some acting in plays since I was about 9 years old. In addition to writing plays, I also like the fact that you also just recently put out a short film titled Deflation. I admire the fact that you were nominated for, and won the Evening Standard Award, for most promising play write, and that your BBC radio play Sea Urchins won the Sony Award, along with your play The Winter Guest becoming a motion picture film in 1997.

While doing some research, I came across a very peculiar fact about you. On this certain internet website, it stated that you made a bet with your husband, Will Knightley, on whether or not you could have another child. I was intrigued to find out that the deal was that if you sold a script that you could have another child so you did. I later found out that your daughter was Keira Knightley, the “product” of this deal. That is such a coincidence because she also happens to be my favorite actress, and really liked her in the film Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl, and Bend it like Beckham; but that beside the point. Growing up in Scotland, you write about the western coast near Glasgow, which I admire very much. I feel as if you have distinguished the Scotts from the other citizens of the British Isles.

As an amateur actor, a very amateur one indeed, I find myself wanting to know more about the actual process of writing and formulate an actual play. I would like to get an “inside view”, so to speak, about that experience that you have. I would like to know more about what it was like for you to write all of your plays, and how you got your inspiration for them. I have been in about nine plays, or so and have really enjoyed the feeling of owning the stage, and the feeling of knowing that the audience can appreciate your efforts, and time spent on this one production. You have inspired me to further my participation in acting, and expand my appreciation for those gifted people, much like yourself, who write these plays for the world.

Being a Bostonian, and never been to the British Isles, I’ve never met a Scottish author or anyone of that area. I would like to see the locations to which you set your stories in and the other beautiful attractions in the area. I would like to know more about yourself, and how you came to the stature to which you hold now. Did your life experiences have any part to play in it? Being an enigma to me, I find myself wanting to know more about yourself and your works, thought I have not read all of them, but from what I do see, they’re very very good. I hope to hear back from you in the near future. With my best regards, Chris Alexopoulos