Middle School Writing Festival
- When: November 7, 2013 | 8:30-1:00 PM
- Where: UMSL, JC Penney Building
Please complete Registration Form by October 24, 2013. Detach form and send with payment to:
Diane Scollay | (314) 516-5578
University of Missouri—St. Louis
One University Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63121
Contact Diana Rehagen at (314) 516-6590 with billing questions.
A writing festival is an opportunity to play with voices and words, share your writing, celebrate yourself as a writer, create poetry, fiction, and memoirs
Any middle school student or teacher who likes to write or wants to start writing should check this out!
The day includes two morning sessions focused on improving writing skills and style. After lunch we will feature a celebration of writing for students and teachers.
Sign up for mini sessions by October 24, 2013.
- 08:45-09:15 AM | REGISTRATION
- 09:20-10:20 AM | MINI-SESSION
- 10:30-11:30 AM | MINI-SESSION
- 11:35-12:00 PM | Lunch: Bring Brown Bag Lunch (GWP will provide drinks and cookies)
- 12:00-12:45 PM | Celebration of Writing
These tips will help you and your students have a good time.
Before the Festival
- Promote student participation.
- Remind students to return entry forms to you with their $20 registration fee. Schools have the option of paying for students with a credit card or a P.O. but must contact Diana Rehagen at (314) 516-6590.
- Remind students to bring a lunch.
During the Sessions
- Participate in the sessions just like the student writers.
- Write with the students.
- Consider how to adapt or extend activities in your own classroom.
- Sit with your students.
- Engage students in conversations about their writing or sessions.
- Conduct a mini-sharing session at your table.
- Help students choose one piece (or an excerpt from a piece) to share with the large group after lunch.
One teacher may attend free for every five paid student registrations.
Students, please read the descriptions, and indicate your top three choices on your registration form.
A. National Novel Writing Month! (Mrs. Brosch) Come to this session to get a kick start on your novel. Leave with some great guidelines, insights, and the fuel to write all month long.
B. Rhyming and Stealing (Mrs. Savens) Often a word or phrase is enough to spark writing of your own. Today we will write with a technique called looping. Time to make our own music!
C. Show Some Character (Mrs. Orr) Breathe life into a character with a little fairy magic.
D. Arabian Nights (Mrs. Crump) With inspiration from One Thousand and One Arabian Nights and stories from desert kingdoms, let's write.
E. Messages of Hope (Mrs. Griner) Looking through pictures and poetry, we will send messages of hope through our writing.
F. Random Autobiography (Mrs. Roslawski) Bits of your life, randomly arranged, make for a pow-erful free verse poem. Delve into your memory to create a moving piece.
G. This I Believe (Mrs. Klonsky) Take a belief, a value, or a pet peeve and turn it into a powerful personal statement.
H. Is Real Life Stranger Than Fiction? (Mrs. O’Brien) Explore current events and incorporate “the crazy things people do” into writing.
The university reserves the right to cancel any program. In the event of cancellation, you will be notified immediately, and all program fees will be refunded. If you must cancel a registration, you are entitled to a full refund only if you can-cel prior to the festival.
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