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The Anthology is done! Woo-who!

Posted by [email protected] on May 18, 2016 at 1:50 PM Comments comments (0)


The 2016 Children's Anthology of Fiction is now complete. 49 5th graders at Leslie Intermediate School in Searcy County, Arkansas, are now published authors. We have stories of mystery and mischief, of survival and loss, of finding home and finding love. Set against a vast array of backdrops ranging from the woods of home to the streets of New York, from the Wild West to the Jungles of Af...

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Our 2016 Children's Anthology Project is Under Way!

Posted by [email protected] on March 14, 2016 at 10:40 AM Comments comments (0)



After a successful 2016 fundraising campaign through Kickstarter, we have gotten off to a good start working with the children. Pictured above, Terrapin Hollow Educational Foundation's director Steven Newby is teaching fifth graders. In all, he taught creative writing skills to 50 kids that day. The children were very excited at the prospect of becoming published authors. They made intelligent observations a...

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The End is in Sight!

Posted by [email protected] on May 9, 2015 at 7:20 AM Comments comments (0)

At long last, our anthology program is coming to an end. The poems have been collected, edited; an introduction written; the entire manuscript has been formatted, and our custom cover is complete. The entire package has been submitted to and approved by the publishing company, and gallery proofs have been ordered. Unless we find any further issues, the children should have these books in hand within the next two weeks.
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Our Kickstarter Campaign Was a Success!!!

Posted by [email protected] on December 16, 2014 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Woo-hoo!


We've not only successfully met our goal of $300 to fund the publication of the Children's Anthology Project, we've exceeded it by $150. This is amazing. This allows us to hire talented Arkansas' artist Stewart Fuell to design and paint the cover of the anthology, making it a far more beautiful product--and it puts more money into the community. We're ecstatic about the support and encouragement issued by the community, our friends and family, for this project. ...

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Halfway Along the Kickstarter Campaign

Posted by [email protected] on December 2, 2014 at 9:35 AM Comments comments (0)

We're now halfway along the fundraising campaign for the Children's Anthology Project, and have gathered pledges for $200! I'm humbled by the generosity of the community members who've made these pledges, and look forward to giving the eighth graders a product that they can be proud of for years to come. 


That said, it's been a challenge for me to swallow my pride and ask for funding from the public. We are a registered non-profit, but not yet a 501(c)3, so most grants ...

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We're launching our Kickstarter Campaign!!

Posted by [email protected] on November 18, 2014 at 3:05 AM Comments comments (0)


After an insane amount of effort, we're finally ready to launch our Kickstarter Campaign to fund the 2014 Children's Anthology Project. This year, we'll be publishing the literary works of an eighth grade English class here in Searcy County, Arkansas. Not only does it give the kids...
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Creative Writing Class Update #3

Posted by [email protected] on March 17, 2014 at 11:10 PM Comments comments (0)

At our third week of our writing class, I was treated to a surprise when all seven students presented me with rough drafts of their stories! I can’t tell you how jazzed I was to have seven year olds turning in 500 and 700 word stories.


Gotta love that.


We didn’t share stories in front of the class, though a few eager students had wanted to. I wanted to instill in them the function of the first draft. It is something to be proud of, especially...

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Week Two of the Creative Writing Class

Posted by [email protected] on February 28, 2014 at 11:45 PM Comments comments (0)

The kids and I had our second writing class this week. We reviewed the characters created, and talked about what elements made the characters stand out from stick-figures. We discussed what elements of the character were most likely to play in the direction of the story. In most cases, the character’s greatest fear and what it would take to overcome that fear (specific questions on the Character Creation Worksheet) would steer the direction of the story. We also played various story cr...

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So I'm Teaching a Creative Writing Class

Posted by [email protected] on February 20, 2014 at 10:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Today I taught my first Creative Writing Class to the Searcy County homeschoolers. I made the announcement through the homeschool news letter explaining that every child who completes a short story through the 4-week course will have their work included in a published anthology. To sweeten the pot, I wasn’t charging for the inevitable time teaching, editing or formatting the anthology. I just asked for enough to cover the print cost and shipping for each child’s copy.

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I've Begun Interviewing Hippies

Posted by [email protected] on January 25, 2014 at 11:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Today I began interviewing hippies. I spent three hours talking with a married couple who began homesteading in the Ozarks in 1976, the year before I was born. I am grateful for the gifts of the stories they told, the experiences and wisdom they imparted, and the warm food we shared. Their time was invaluable to me (even though the digital tape recorder didn’t work).


This couple, now in their late sixties and early seventies, came to the beautiful Ozarks when they we...

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