January 2015 Teaching: Writing for Children

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Thanks to West Philadelphia Alliance for Children for maintaining the school libraries where UPenn writers will workshop stories with elementary students. We'll invite them to illustrate their favorite parts--and then include the pics on a mobile app for young readers.

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And Creative Non-Fiction Writing

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In this course, Penn writing students describe, report, and illustrate stories of children and safety so that we can see it with the clarity and imagination with which we now see danger. They'll be aiming to publish on a new site, SafeKidsStories, set to launch next fall. If we do the job right, we will shine a light on thousands of people in our midst creating safety and peace with and for kids. If we make it fun to read, look at, and listen to, too, then we’ll be on our way to a stealth culture change.

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Reflections on learning

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Published in St. Paul's School's Alumni Horae magazine, "Updrafts of Memory" is a 40th high school reunion meditation on then and now. The word that swept over me like poetry that weekend was "mercy."

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From "Updraft of Memory," SPS Alumni Horae, Summer 2014

"It complicates the School Prayer to think, each time one prays it, that our 'goodly heritage' has been built not only 'through the love and labor of many,' but also through the unpaid and unsung labor of many more."