I wanted to take a moment (at this busy time of year) to send a BIG, HUGE THANK YOU to all of the EIPS teachers who entered their students' writing into the #EIPSWRITES CreativeWriting Competition. The Students sent in some awesome work and I know that means that YOU teachers did some awesome work with your students.
Last Saturday (June 4th), students who submitted work to the #EIPSWRITES contest were offered the chance to attend a Writer’s Workshop with Gail Sobat. The kids had a great time! As they were leaving, I asked them to rate the day on a scale of 1 to 10. Most of them answered 9 and 10…a few said ‘infinity’….and the lowest score was 8.5. So I would consider that a success! For me, what was really cool about that day was to see a group of like-minded (but not necessarily similar) kids get together to talk writing. It was clear as they day progressed that a community was developing. It was fairly amazing. Thank you to those teachers who filled out, collected and encouraged your kids to attend. If you have creative writing kids that were unable to attend, but who might be looking for a writing camp this summer, I do recommend Youthwrite. You can read about it here.
Another big round of thanks to the teachers that indicated interest in the Creative Writing Competition back in November when this was just a thought.
Thank you to those of you who attended the meetings to establish the contest and rules.
Thank you to those of you who helped create promo materials (including the promo video).
Thank you to those of you who found prizes for the competition.
Thank you to those of you who promoted the contest with your students.
Thank you to those of you who tracked down student and parent signatures.
Thank you to those of you who sent in entries to me via fax, email and courier!
Thank you to those of you who set up, supervised and fed students at the Writer’s Workshop.
Thank you to those of you who helped with the judging.
Although the big win for me of this whole writing contest was the beginning of creating a community of people who care about creative writing (teachers and students) in EIPS, we also have some student winners to announce for the 2016 competition:
Grade 11/12 – PROSE : Mackenzie S. (SAL)
Grade 9/10 PROSE- Alexis M.(FRH)
Grade 9/10 – POETRY – Jonathan E (AJS)
Grade 7/8 – PROSE – Kathryn R. (AJS)
Grade 7/8 – POETRY – Lucas H. (FTV)
Looking forward to next year!