Edmonds Community College has selected our student story collection, You’ve Got It All Wrong, as the college’s Community Read for the 2014-2015 academic year. The book, selected through an extensive nomination and voting process involving nearly two hundred students, faculty and staff, will be integrated into the campus theme: Intersections. It’s an incredible honor for our student authors and our narrative writing program.
Teen Authors Talk About Claiming Their Power on New Day Northwest
Author mentor Ingrid Ricks and student author Isabel Cordova were recently invited to present at the Hope Through Mentoring conference in Bakersfield, California. They talked about the power of personal storytelling and shared how writing their stories has transformed their lives –inspiring conference attendees to explore a storytelling program for the youth they mentor.
Educators and students alike have been contacting us regarding how they might incorporate our narrative writing program into their classrooms. To address this need, we’ve packaged everything we’ve learned into a comprehensive, easy-to-follow teaching guide that helps educators empower students to write and share their personal stories. The overall goal of this guide is for students to identify the narrative writing techniques used in Hippie Boy and then to apply them as they write their own narrative scenes.
This can be used as a five-week narrative writing unit plan in the classroom or as an independent guide for an outside reading or writing credit. Our curriculum adheres to the Common Core State Standards for Narrative Writing. To purchase, click here.
Teen Stories Go Live at Seattle Public Theater
Students from Scriber Lake High School delivered a powerful performance of stories written by their peers in a live stage performance at Seattle Public Theater (SPT) Friday, November 8th.
The performance culminated a weeklong intensive workshop in which twelve teens from Scriber Lake High School worked with SPT teaching artist/director Emily Purington to bring stories from the student story collections We Are Absolutely Not Okay and You’ve Got it All Wrong to the stage. The three stories presented cover gang life, child abuse, addiction, and the hurtful labels people often assign to teens.
The pilot program was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Edmonds Daybreakers. It’s designed to present the student stories in a different medium, and use theatre as a way to connect with audiences and start a dialogue about the serious issues faced by today’s teens.
Jasmine Gifford, Leandra Hall and Carolina Mooney, all teen authors from our first teen anthology, discuss how writing their stories helped them to heal from painful experiences and move forward with their lives. They also talk about the messages they hope readers will take from their stories.
Read their inspiring essays by clicking on their names or visiting Our Stories.