Intensive Writing Workshop

by Kristiana Moore and Max Breitinger

The writing partners worked on completing their stories this morning in the gym at TEAM schools.  Each team of writing partners met with three different teams of collaborators in order to get their story approved. The first table of collaborators was responsible for checking the stories for words that should be put into a glossary.  The second table of collaborators was responsible for checking the content of the stories as well as the layout of the stories in Publisher.  The third table of collaborators was responsible for checking the content and layout of the stories as well as the pre-reading questions for the Rwandan students.  After all of these steps were complete, the writing partners had finished their stories for this year’s anthology.

Josh and Elijah work on their story.

Each team of writing partners had to write a short biography about themselves and ask a question for the Rwandan students to answer that is related to their story. To get their stories approved for publishing, each team of writing partners had to get specific items checked off by collaborators and then approved by the writing partners’ team lead, Jeff Wise.  At the end of the session, two teams were completely done with their stories.  Caitlin Ryan took profile pictures of the writing partners for the book.

Kaylyn and Kiara work on their illustrations.

After dinner and a strategic planning meeting, all of the unfinished stories were completed. Christopher Robbins and his writing partner Samir Rice were distracted by the commotion during the workshop, but were able to focus on finishing the task at hand later that evening. Chris recalled the haste of the situation: “You have to finish by tonight. That’s your deadline. There’s nothing else you can do.” The next morning, Samir commended Christopher for being a great mentor and staying calm and collected despite the various obstacles they encountered.

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