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A Writerly Life: Wisdom from Brian Kelley

Let’s encourage our young authors by supporting their grammar and writing needs! We aren’t born knowing. We need teachers to show us the joy of learning; never lose sight of that.

-Kamal Hassan (2016 participant of Grammar Matters)


Books on the Blog: Six Dots: A Story of Young Louis Braille

by Lynne Dorfman

Fabulous! Inspirational! Captivating! Award-winning author Jen Bryant has created SixDotsCoveranother masterpiece with Six Dots: A Story of Young Louis Braille. In this touching story, Bryant gives us the fictionalized voice of young Louis Braille, capturing the full range of emotions as he confronts his blindness and becomes a teenage inventor who makes his mark on the world.

From an early age Louis Braille loved to spend time with his father. An accident in his father’s workshop led to an eye infection that eventually caused his blindness.  Luckily, he had a family who loved him and tried in every way to help him. A big decision that probably changed his life – Louis was sent to a school for the blind in Paris.

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Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, 2016

By Donald LaBranche

They came, they saw, they conquered.

Way back in the ‘70’s and ‘80’s, we played Dungeons and Dragons. It was low tech then. Dice, plastic avatars, and the imaginative gumption of the Dungeon Master who set up the adventure, set the boundaries, and set down the parameters. The rest was up to the players as they set foot in that world for the next dozen or so hours.

Just so sixteen students walked into my Young Writers Classroom this past July. (Three of them repeats!) They bought into the adventure as I described it to them and off they went. From the very first prompt (“Machine”–Expound) to the last day when they suffered their parents to collaborate with them on a story, they were writers. Read more