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April 29, 2008

Young authors read their published works for parents

Alexis Kelley loves to write.

She writes poetry and songs more than she writes short stories, but it was a short story that is her first published work.

Kelley and dozens other of the 54 Georgia College Early College seventh grade students read their works published in this year’s “The Peacock’s Feather.”

The young authors worked closely with Georgia College & State University undergraduate creative writing students to hone their skills.

“It was good because I was able to get my thoughts out,” Alexis said. “I got positive feedback and they helped me understand how to write well.”

Alexis’ story is called “The Mineral that played Basketball.” In it, Alexis discovers a rock whose minerals are dribbling up and down a basketball court with one mineral standing out above the others as the best player on either team. Alexis befriends the mineral in her story, and they promise to keep secret the other’s existence from their friends.

Alexis’ experience with the creative writing exercises is what John Teschner, who oversees the undergraduate mentors in the Early College Writers in the Schools program, said he and his mentors had hoped to give students.

“I think that writing is often a structured exercise and it’s presented as something that you have to do perfectly,” Teschner said. “For this group, the goal is to make writing fun. We want to make writing a tool either to play with or to use to express themselves.”

Alexis’ love for writing began young, father Leonard said.

“When she was smaller, we would hear words and phrases coming out of here that stunned us because she was so young,” Leonard said.

Published works in “The Peacock’s Feather” come in the form of poems and short stories, with topics as varied as basketball-playing minerals to ancient cities and music.

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