Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Writopia Teens, Published!

Congratulations: Visala Alagappan (14), Carmel Bendit-Shtull (12), Noa Bendit-Shtull (17) Louis Evans (18), Lily Gellman (15), Dan Ross (16), Ena Selmanovic (14), Rachel Sobelsohn (14), Yael Weisenfeld (17), Lena Beckenstein (16), and Jessica Zalph (15)!

Larry Smith and Rachel Fershleiser, the editors of the New York Times Best-Seller, Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous and Obscure, have published their third anthology, I Can't Keep My Own Secrets: Six-Word Memoirs by Teens Famous & Obscure...and they have chosen to publish 11 Writopia memoirists within the new book.

Come hear our six-word memoirists read their short pieces and more at our fall and winter readings series or at events run by Smith and Fershleiser. Email us for more information.

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Monday, October 19, 2009

Scholastic Awards Deadline Moved to December 18th, 2009

In previous years, our writers had until early January to submit their pieces. This year, the deadline has been moved forward a few weeks, meaning that you'll have to finish your pieces before winter break.

Writopia teachers are committed to working with all passionate Writopia writers. (Writers must be in 7th-12th grades to submit.) Please e-mail me to set up private sessions as soon as possible! During these sessions, a teacher will read through the writer's pieces, ask questions, offer feedback, make sure the pieces are prepared according to Scholastic's guidelines, and walk the writer through the submissions process.

Fall Workshoppers: These sessions are included in the fall workshopping fee.

Writopia Community: We ask for $95 per hour for these sessions. However, honor-based sliding scale fee options and full scholarships are available as usual.

Writopia Lab is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that operates with limited resources, relying heavily on support from the community to sustain our programs. The fee applied to this session can be claimed as a donation on your taxes. Our nonprofit tax ID number is 26-0835350.

Last year 86 Writopia students submitted over 125 pieces, and this year we have almost three times as many young writers, so don't wait until December to set up an appointment! Read more!