Publication Opportunities & Ideas
The NewMoon 'zine and magazine is written and edited by girls, mostly in middle school, and overseen by adult mediators. The subscription price is reasonable. Topics respond to adolescent concerns but, unlike some other publications, descent into trivia or irreverence does not occur. This magazine will still be appealing--it is not stiff--and provides an opportunity for thoughtful writing.
Six Word Memoirs
Six Word Memoirs is the idea of expressing a complete story in only 6 words. Here's Ms. Gemeinhart's Senior English Class' take on it.
Publishing on YouTube or a blog site is a great way to get students engaged. Searching "Six Word Memoirs" on YouTube will bring up multiple examples.
- YouTube URL
Scholastic has sponsored art and writing contests for nearly 80 years. Yearly competitions are initiated in the fall. Now, this tradition is being supplemented by new technologies.
Legend has it that when Ernest Hemingway was challenged to write a six-word novel, he came up with, "For Sale: baby shoes, never worn."
Inspired by Hemingway's short story, SMITH magazine launched online in 2006. They challenged readers and famous writers alike to submit their own six-word memoirs for a contest.
People of all ages sent in short life stories in droves, and the results were poignant, hilarious, devastating and good lessons to all.
The site includes a teachers guide to help educators integrate the six-word memoir project into their own classrooms.
Adobe Youth Voices (AYV) provided young people with the ability to harness creative skills to solve problems — empowering them to find their voice and make it heard.
At the heart of AYV was an educational methodology that provides youth 13 to 19 years of age with the inspiration, training, and technology to create original media works on issues they care about. Since 2006, 250,000 youth and 5,000 educators from 60 countries engaged in AYV programs, sponsored by the Adobe Foundation.
While the program has now been terminated, the underlying information and resources are still available here.
With Facebook and similar sites, students are comfortable publishing on-line. Using free services like WordPress, you can now easily publish student work that can be shared with follow students, family & friends.