Goals of the Program:
- to bring in cultural aspects of the writing community so that students enculterate into the community of practitioners and begin to embrace their own identity as a writer
- to provide opportunities for students to write for authentic audiences
- to create tiered levels of expertise in writing
- to create communities of practitioners in which students become ‘Legitimate Peripheral Participants’
- to create a writing identity in students in which they see themselves as ‘writers’
- to create high levels of writing mastery in a variety of genres
- professional writers interested in sharing expertise and experience with students
- individuals who work in the field of writing to mentor 5th – 8th grade students
- Beechwood, Orangethorpe, Parks, Sunset Lane, Laguna Road, and Richman
Creating a Culture of Writers:
A major component of the program is enculturating students into the community of writing practitioners. The writing projects will create authentic writing cultural events, as well as enable students to participate in authentic writer events in which students would participate throughout the school year. Student essays are nominated to be submitted to publishers, guest speakers shared their writing experience and encourage students interested in pursuing writing careers, and students participate in a variety of field trips and programs, as well as recognition celebrations throughout the year.
For the 2013-2014 school year, the students participated in the following activities:
Writers Guild Anthology
Students who participated in the program during the Fall wrote essays about their heroes that were compiled into a book entitled, Our Children and The Heroes Who Hold Their Hands. Fullerton School District and Barnes and Noble partnered together for Book Signing Nights enabling the young writers to sign copies of their anthology just like professional writers would do to promote their books.
December Recognition Ceremony
On December 9, 2014, a celebration was held for students who participated in the program during the Fall. Each student received either a t-shirt or polo and a certificate as a member of the program. Attendees enjoyed refreshments provided by Nutrition Services and were inspired by the keynote speaker, Jeffrey Goldman, Publisher.
LA Festival of Books Field Trip
On Saturday, April 12, Writers Guild students participated in the LA Festival of Books held at USC. Students, teachers, and parents, as well as Superintendent Dr. Bob Pletka and his wife, enjoyed attending sessions with featured authors, purchased books, and were able to meet authors and have the author sign his/her book. What a wonderful opportunity to network with other writers and enjoy the celebration.
April Recognition Ceremony
On April 29, 2014, a celebration was held for the students who participated in the Writers Guild Program during the Spring. Students shared their innovations and were inspired by a panel of writers who shared their writing experiences. Panel members included Superintendent Dr. Bob Plekta, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services Janet Morey and Writer Melissa Buell. Nutrition Services also provided delicious refreshments. Students received writing portfolios, pens, and certificates of participation.
Book Signings and Information Regarding Purchasing the Anthology
If you would like to order a copy of their anthology, Our Children and The Heroes Who Hold Their Hands, for yourself, please feel free to access the following URL to place an order.