Fun, Fiction, and New Friends
I was looking forward to spending a full day with sixth grade writers, working together on ways to make historical fiction as strong and appealing as possible.
What I found when I arrived were highly motivated, enthusiastic, focused, and talented writers. Take a look for yourselves:
Their stories were well-anchored in history, ranging from the Revolutionary War to the era of slavery to the Holocaust to Pearl Harbor. The comprehensive instruction they’d received before my visit resulted in stories filled with heart, action, historic details, flashbacks, and compelling fictional characters living through troubled times and circumstances.
I enjoyed every minute of my visit and only wished i could have conferenced with every student there. Talking with them about their drafts and their intentions provided me with fresh ideas, too, and I’d welcome any of them as partners in my own writing life.
Deepest thanks to Ms. Bruins and the other teachers for the invitation, and to the young writers who willingly shared their work with me. That requires a high level of confidence and trust, plus a willingness to learn. All those valuable writerly qualities were shared in abundance on a day I won’t forget. Tusen Takk!