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Wednesday, December 01, 2010

No, This Is Not a Monty Python Sketch!

From the U.K. comes news of the opening of the Ministry of Stories, an organization started by novelist Nick Hornby, which is "dedicated to the creation of stories by a new storytelling generation."

MofS is based on a program started by writer Dave Eggers in San Francisco, Valencia 826. From San Francisco the idea grew nationally:
826 National is a nonprofit tutoring, writing, and publishing organization with locations in eight cities across the country. Our goal is to assist students ages six to eighteen with their writing skills, and to help teachers get their classes excited about writing. Our work is based on the understanding that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention, and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success.
Isn't it amazing how one idea can take root and spread not only across America, but across the Atlantic! And, in case you're wondering, there's an 826 branch in Boston!

If you're interested in promoting writing skills in young people, we have many books that should be of interest, including these:

Collom, Jack. Poetry Everywhere: Teaching Poetry Writing in School and in the Community. [372.64 COL]

Fletcher, Ralph. What a Writer Needs. [372.623 FLE]

Graves, Donald H. A Fresh Look at Writing. [372.6 GRA]

Instant Activities for Creative Writing That Kids Really Love! [372.62 INS]

Okay, since I mentioned Monty Python, it would be cruel of me to not include a Ministry sketch.

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