Photo Courtesy of Amanda Staab Amanda Staab is again sponsoring a summer writing contest for children. GLEN RIDGE, NJ — The second annual Folkwise Summer Writing Contest is accepting entries until July 21. The contest, which last year was open to sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders residing in Glen Ridge, has been expanded to include students in those same grades, but also residing in Bloomfield, Verona and Montclair. Amanda Staab, the founder of Folkway Communication, of Glen Ridge, which is sponsoring the contest, said essays, poetry and works of fiction will be considered. “The contest is free and meant to be a fun and productive summer event to encourage aspiring storytellers to explore their love of writing and strengthen their skills,” Staab said. “During this ‘twilight' age, between childhood and being a teenager, I had no one encouraging me. This contest is to encourage children. There's a small monetary prize, but meeting the judges is the real reward.” A dozen judges have signed-on. They include Eda Uzuncakara, author and editor of Sparks and Shadows, international online magazine; Emily Klein, founder of Live a Joyful Life Coaching and life-long poetry enthusiast; Lisa Hodorovych, author and founder of Quote the Writer, a publication production company; Ken Schlager, former editor of New Jersey Monthly and Smita Ganatra, Glen Ridge High School Club advisor. Uzuncakara said the most important aspect in a child's writing is self expression. “Style or vocabulary is not that important as long as their writing is understood,” she said. “I believe that everybody has a unique perspective and is creative, but we forget that as we grow up. If children are aware of their uniqueness and express that in their writing, they will acknowledge and hold their creativity tightly which will be an anchor when needed.” To encourage a child to write, Uzuncakara said she would offer “relay writing.” “Write with them in a sequential order while developing the story together verbally before writing,” she said. “When the story is complete, I would ask them to read out loud and ask how they feel about the story.” Hodorovych said it […]
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