Guest Blog – Kelly Boyer Sagert – Creative Beginnings

April 28, 2008 at 2:19 am Leave a comment

The world is but a canvas to the imagination. (Henry David Thoreau)

Last month, I was fortunate enough to be invited to talk to the gifted program for 4th, 5th and 6th graders at Irving Elementary School. I talked to them about writing as a way to kickstart their participation in the Young Authors program, wherein each of them would write and illustrate an original fiction or nonfiction book.

Then, last Monday, I visited again to help students who still needed to talk through their stories; the due date for the books was this past Friday.

I was impressed with the creativity that each of these students displayed, plus their willingness to go with the flow when a suggested revision could make their plot or characters or conflict stronger. As the best writing is generally created through rewriting, I have high hopes for these books – and for their authors.

I was also intrigued by the sense of humor shown in their stories. Humor isn’t easy to write, yet there were some lines in their books that made me laugh out loud.

Then, there are the high schools. I had the opportunity to talk to a group of Lorain Admiral King seniors last month and a similar sized group of Southview High School students this month. In these instances, I talked about what to do in high school – and post high school – if wanting to write as a career.

The high school programs were sponsored by the Lorain Rotary Club as part of their STRIVE initiative. STRIVE stands for “Students Taking Renewed Interest in the Value of Education.” I got some great questions from these students. I hope to someday see their bylines!

May, by the way, is the Creative Beginnings month. How are you going to celebrate?

Entry filed under: education, Uncategorized.

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