Thursday, January 15, 2009

These Kids Can Write!

Writers in the Schools is a program of Literary Arts, a statewide, nonprofit organization that enriches the lives of Oregonians through language and literature. In 2007-2008, Writers in the Schools placed writers in 73 classrooms to lead semester-long writing workshops with students in nineteen schools: Sixty-one talented, inspired and brave Portland Public High School teachers working with 25 professional writers and more than 2,600 students. During this dedicated writing time, students experimented with poems, plays, fiction, creative nonfiction and graphic novels. They wrote about themselves, their families, their friends and the world we all share. A selection of their work -- honest, wise and funny -- has just been published in the anthology entitled I Once was Young and Strong: Writers in the Schools 2007-2008 Student Anthology, with cover art by Jeff Vorhies of Lincoln High School and back cover art by Emily Spearing, also of Lincoln High School. Mary Rechner directs the Writers in the School Program, and Broadway Books is proud to be a supporter of this great program. The anthology is available for purchase for $10 at our store.

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