Young writers have the opportunity to bring history alive in their own words. Students learn how they can use their life experiences and memories while creating characters and settings from the past. Their stories should be centered on a period of history they have studied. Middle school students will look more into political and social events and how those might affect their character and settings. Dialogue will be discussed and how it can be used to move a story and to develop a character's personality. Students will learn that editors are there to help them. Revision is the opportunity to add all-important details, while editing can help find grammatical errors. Middle school editing will include expanding the conflict of their story. The writer will discuss with teachers the time period students will be writing about in their stories and can concentrate on any element of writing the teachers would like.
Diane is a children's book author. She has written several books including Side By Side, which was a finalist in the 2017 Best Book Awards. Her short story, "Called Home", about two Vietnam-era Marines from Raleigh, was a finalist in the 2017 Rose Post Creative Nonfiction Competition. This year she led the inaugural book club at the Charlotte Hawkins Brown State Historical Site. When working with young people, she strives to take the anxiety out of writing. She encourages students by letting them know she continues to work on her own writing and will even share some of her edited pages. Her greatest pleasure is to see a smile on a young writer's face as they share their story.