with Michelle Cameron
Thanks to all of you who helped your kids submit their stories and poems in time. This gave me enough time to go through all of their work thoroughly and edit as needed.
To help your writers understand why I made the suggestions I made, I sat down with each one in a one-on-one conference. We reviewed the edits, talking over the ones they didn’t necessarily want to make. For the most part, they seemed receptive to my recommendations.
Now that they have my editor’s comments, I ask that they revise their stories and submit them via email by this Friday, sending them to: email@example.com. This will give me a chance to input their stories into the journal and find appropriate art for each one.
So their homework this week is to revise their submissions so that it is as perfect as they can make it. It’s perfectly okay to have you look it over and help them through the revision process.
No Critiques Today
Because most of our time was spent in conference, the kids played a writing game that The Writers Circle has created, called Plotfoolery. Ask them to explain the rules to you. The idea behind the game is to help them create a cohesive story out of some very disparate (not to say “random”) ideas. I think they enjoyed it!
Two More Weeks to Go - Reading on May 5
When we get back from our break, there will only be two more weeks to go. Next week, we’ll be preparing for our reading. Ask your writers to select one to two pieces that they’ve written during the past weeks to read. Remind them that it should be somewhat dramatic, as they’re going to have an audience.
And I hope you’ll make up part of that audience. We’ll begin our reading on May 5 at 10 AM. Light refreshments will be served.
Have a wonderful spring break!