Get Lit! Writers Visit Central Valley Schools
More than 40 kindergarten students responded enthusiastically as Spokesman-Review columnist Rebecca Nappi encouraged them to explore their senses April 20, 2007 at the Central Valley Kindergarten Center. Nappi spent the morning talking with groups of students about how good writers use their imagination. They used their “watching eyes,” their sense of touch and even tasted their clothes to generate descriptive words like “furry” and “icky.”
Nappi’s visit was part of the annual Get Lit! Writers in the Schools Day, sponsored by the Eastern Washington University Press. Across the district at Horizon Middle School, poet and fiction writer Kate Wooddell was working with Sara Filanoski’s eighth grade students to bring writing to life.
Get Lit!’s Young Writers Program sends writers into schools across Eastern Washington to expose young people to the power of language, expand the strength and potential of their own writing and give them a writing experience that is meaningful and positive.
In addition to Writers in the School Day, North Pines Middle School and Barker High School have been participating in the Writers-in-Residence Project, an eight-month program immersing students in the thinking, dreaming and generation of ideas that make up the roots of all powerful writing. For more about the Young Writers Program, visit www.ewu.edu/getlit/ywphome.htm.
Get Lit!, the Northwest's premier annual literary arts festival, features author presentations and readings, writing workshops and panels, author visits to schools throughout eastern Washington and into northern Idaho, youth poetry slams, and more. Many events are free and all are open to the public. The 2007 festival, April 16-22, marked the event’s ninth year.
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