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Herricks High School’s First Summer Writing Program Is in the Books!

Herricks High School’s First Summer Writing Program Is in the Books!

Inspired by the success of many summer programs in the Herricks Public Schools, the district launched a new weeklong summer writing initiative from Aug. 6-10. In its inaugural year, the program provided opportunities for enrichment in English language arts for Herricks High School students entering grades 9-12.

The 16 participants ranged from students who have a strong love of creative writing and a desire to evolve their skills to those that wanted to reinforce the concepts learned in classes during the school year for greater success in the future. The group studied an assortment of genres, including poetry, creative nonfiction, short stories and playwriting.

Each day, under the direction of teacher Alan Semerdjian, students spent time reading works of literature, writing, watching documentaries, engaging in discussions and analyzing text. They practiced literal readings of poems in small groups, which they later read to the full class and discussed. As a highlight, playwright Robert Galinsky visited on Aug. 8 and discussed his work.

“Writing is a good skill to have,” said student Alison Greenwood, who is an artist and songwriter. “The playwriting helps me with my acting and poetry with songwriting.”

A closing reading was held on the final day as a culmination of the program. Everyone had an opportunity to share something that they wrote in a more formal setting and support each other’s unique and individual expressions of creativity.


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