Archive for: ‘March 2010’

YA Writing Partners: Werewolves, Witches and Writers

March 26, 2010

This year, at the school where Kami taught my kids and we became friends, the two of us helped coordinate the Writing Partners program. The scope of the program was insane: THIRTY AWESOME WRITERS exchanged letters and writing with THIRTY AWESOME KID WRITERS. The tireless Dr. J, who has been running the program in the ten years I've been at the school, reads and monitors every exchange, and chases down the writers on both sides of the equation.

What writer would bother to do this? AMAZING WRITERS! This year we had a handful of New York Times Bestsellers working on the program, along with debut authors, internationally known writers, award-winning writers, starred review writers, a playwright and filmmaker, and two or three writers who are represented but just beginning their publishing career. We had men, women, paranormal, and realistic fiction; we had middle grade, YA, and adult. We had writers hurrying to get a letter off to their student writers from the middle of their book tours, or while their deadlines hit. We had writers sharing works in progress as they evolved, or poems they wrote when they were nine.

This month, as the program ends with Skype visits between Big and Little Writers, as well as an anthology that only they share, we owe everyone involved a huge THANK YOU! You know who you are, and you probably even know how grateful we are. What you might not know is what an impact you've made on the life of a 9, 10 or 11 year old…and you may never know. But in a time when teachers and librarians are under fire, especially here in California, your efforts are especially heroic…

And you are one-of-a-kind.