Joy to the Journalson Jun 14 in Uncategorized by email@example.com
The journals are the culmination of months of reading, writing, revision and more writing, as students work side-by-side with an IO writer-in-residence who guides them through the literary process. And with each book comes the joy of authorship. Sometimes cake and punch, too.
“Each year’s in-school galas are always happy events. I love the eagerness with which children devour their books with their eyes, as if there were some pent-up hunger. I love the joyful hugs from proud parents,” says IO Founder Dr. Terry Blackhawk, “And the natural way kids share and show one another their work; and most of all the deep gratefulness of teachers who look over at their IO writer knowingly and say, ‘This makes it all worthwhile’ – “all” being the deadlines and the gathering of the artwork and the coaxing of that one last poem from that one reluctant kid so that every child in every class has a chance to be heard.”
May the joy continue in 2013.
Photo: The joy of publication season sweeps across Detroit as young authors see their names in print for the first time, read their poetry aloud and even play dress up with gifts from their InsideOut Literary Arts’ writers-in-residence.Photos and collage by IO intern Erin Kirkland.