Giving Yourself the Right to Write

By Sarah Peterson Throughout school, I only considered myself someone who wrote when necessary. Someone who wrote when papers were assigned and wrote about what the paper asked, nothing more. I was lost when my instructor asked me to write beyond academic purposes. Who was I to tell people anything? What did I have to…

Paradoxical Truth in an Orange Blossom

By Kim Johnson As Tommy Orange, author of There, There delivered his keynote speech to a packed conference of NCTE  attendees, he told brief stories, or “episodes”––snippets of life events that reinforce a particular idea. Orange shared how unlikely it was that he was standing on this stage––a bestselling Native American author, finalist for the…

Coming Together Through Improv

By Sam Tanner Larry, a 9th grader with autism, stood confidently on the stage in a small theatre. He was screaming triumphantly as the lights went out. Our small audience exploded with laughter as the performance came to an end. “Seriously, this camp was one of the best experiences of my life,” Sarah, a 7th…