Albert Einstein once stated “If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.” Several Logan County teachers and students took this statement to heart recently as they experienced a fairy-tale themed Creative Writing Academy this summer.
The Creative Writing Academy was held at Man Middle School from July 22-25 and Logan Middle and Chapmanville Middle Schools from July 29- August 1. All Logan County students who were in grades 5-7 during the 2012-2013 school year were eligible to attend. The free camp featured a different fairy tale each day and a related writing focus including point of view, internal and external conflict, voice, and theme.
Students explored several different writing genres and exercises including a publishing activity each day. Administration, planning, and instruction were conducted by Chapmanville Middle principal Jason Browning, Logan High teacher Tracy Baisden, Chapmanville Middle teachers Courtney Pritchard, Linda McKnight and Pam Roehrer, Logan Middle teachers Libby Salyers and Kara Wiley, and Man Middle teacher Brandon Anderson.