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At First, the Ground Shakes

by Emily James Author and St. John’s University professor Gabriel Brownstein selected Emily James’ essay, “At First, the Ground Shakes,” to receive the 2019 Bechtel Prize. Teachers & Writers Collaborative awards the Bechtel Prize to the author of an exemplary essay that explores themes related to creative writing, arts education, and/or the imagination.    James’ essay is…

Writing Micro-Memoirs at VISIONS

by Victoria Richards Everyone has a story to tell. And when we dig deep enough, our stories will unravel onto paper in a sort of magical fashion. This proved to be an undeniable truth at VISIONS, a nonprofit organization in New York City offering services for the blind and visually impaired. The writing workshops that…

Recognizing Art as a Bridge to Academic Success

by Beverly Pell Early in my career I caught a glimpse of how exploration of art and creativity can powerfully influence written language. I was a rookie English teacher in a large urban school district with a high Hispanic population in southern California. While the focus of learning in my English class was speaking, listening,…

Literary Crossword, January Edition

Click here to print crossword and clues     1  Technique that makes a reader turn the page     5  Jane Austen protagonist     8  Three-way     9  Humorous verse form   10  First name of the author of “Black Beauty”   11  First name of the famous writer who penned “The Kingdom of God is Within…

Where I’m From: The Musical

Where I’m From: The Musical is an original book and lyrics and written by The Visionaries during a dramatic musical workshop held in the spring of 2018. The workshop took place at VISIONS at Selis Manor, a nonprofit rehabilitation and social service organization for the blind and visually impaired in New York. The participants listened…

Literary Crossword, December Edition

  Click here to print crossword and clues Across     1  Writing technique hinting at future events     8  “The Chronicles of Narnia” author     9  2018 Teacher of the Year, Mandy ____   10  Put into words   13  Holy chalice of legend   14  Connect to   15  Shakespearean title character   17 …

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