Before achieving this amazing result in the Teen Ink Magazine, this student found Aralia when she needed help with and guidance about her writing. She had the goal to submit her writing to various competitions and publishing companies. In our class, she completed three writing works: 1 personal narrative essay, 1 short story, and 1 critical essay. With the three essays written, she submitted the personal narrative to the New York Times Personal Narrative Writing Contest. The other two essays were submitted to the Bennington College Young Writers Award and Scholastics Arts & Writing. In addition, students could also submit their critical essay to any publishing company of choice, and she submitted to the Teen Ink Magazine.
Founded in 1989 and based in Atlanta, Teen Ink Magazine is a national teen magazine, book series, and website devoted to teenagers’ writing, arts, photos, and forums. The magazine has attracted 55,000 teens aged 13-19 to publish their work since 1989. The magazine content covers every aspect of a teenager’s opinions and issues that affect their life – from school, love, current events to family and self-esteem. The magazine is dedicated to helping young people share their unique voices while developing their reading, writing, creative, and critical thinking skills.
Students will learn a variety of English writing methods, and they can choose to learn the preferred form of writing. In each class, students will write, discuss and analyze draft works together. The teacher will send reading materials before the beginning of each class. By the end of the course, students will submit their writing work in multiple competitions according to the timeline (For example: Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, New York Times Editorial Competition, and Ocean Awareness Competition. etc.)
WRITING COMPETITION PREP
Description: Students will learn the nuances of language, including figurative language, effective structuring, and specific forms to apply to their own piece(s). Students will work directly with both literary and media texts to plan and write their piece(s). This class will also help the students write with an aim for an audience as their submission for nation-wide and international writing competitions that are timely with the course schedule.
Project time: Rolling enrollment throughout the year, one class every weekend, 1.5 hours per class