Nine aspiring sixth-grade authors at William Floyd Middle School recently had their work selected for inclusion in a new book, “Stranger Sagas – Stories from New York,” a writing contest for middle and high school students held by Young Writers USA, an organization dedicated to encouraging young people to read, write and enjoy poetry and creative writing. The contest, which received more than 13,500 entries, had students coming up with creative stories in 100 words or less. The book is scheduled for release on Feb. 28.
Beatrice Foster, an English language arts teacher at William Floyd Middle School, discovered the writing contest and encouraged her students to come up with their own creative stories. This unique and very limited form of storytelling of 100 words or less prompted the students to consider the importance of each word they chose and challenged them to come up with a substantial plot that would make sense in so few words. “I am proud of the time and creativity my students put into their sagas,” said Foster, who added that the students were engaged and focused on the goal of getting published.
Congratulations to the students who will have their mini-sagas published in “Stranger Sagas – Stories from New York”: Ariyanna Buono-Dorsain, “Imposters”; Alice Chen, “Last Hope”; Adriel Cuello Valdez, “The Yellow Suit”; Giovanni Lepre, “The Protector”; Summer Lissy, “Noises Through the Night”; Sean Maloney, “Meteor Hits Earth”; Mali Roberts, “Wake Up”; Sabrina Rodriguez Fuentes, “The Basement,” and Skylinn Velez Aponte, “Then Who Are They?”