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ERIC Number: ED351693
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Pages: 19
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"Anything Can Happen in a Story--You Can Even Meet a Baboon Shopping in Town": Authors Encouraging Children as Writers.
Mhone, Yvonne W.
A writing workshop held during a school holiday in an urban center in Southern Africa illustrated the premise that writing experiences with literary patrons can result in benefits for young authors. The workshop was planned with the purpose of encouraging children to write in a setting that emphasized the establishment of a children's library, a related literature-based listening program and a community approach to the sharing of ideas (with experienced writers, group leaders, parents, older children, and peer groups). A multi-age group of primary and early secondary school children (16 in all) participated in the 3-week workshop. Specific workshop activities included storytelling, modeling, revising, editing, learning audience awareness, "languaging," i.e., becoming aware of overused words and hackneyed phrases and being alert to appropriate substitutes; and publishing, i.e., making permanent "hard-cover" books out of their own selected writings. The group conferences exerted a positive influence and as a result a confident outlook about reading and writing seemed to emerge. Parents indicated that they saw their children enjoying reading and writing. Children said that they read to try to understand the characters and "other things." They also read to look at the illustrations in the stories and to just enjoy a good story. By asking experienced writers to join the team of adult leaders, the children were not only given opportunities to write and learn how their writing unfolds but also to communicate to real audiences (audiences which included professional writers). (Figures representing a sample cluster, guidelines for editing or revising, student and parent inventories, and a sample "diploma" for workshop participants are included; 25 references are attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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