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World Artists Experiences
8th Annual Writing Project
Requests YOUR writing!
ATTN: Maryland Student Writers Grades 3–12
You Are Invited To:
Share stories about your life experiences and what you learned from those experiences.
Voice your thoughts and ideas on new ways for others to understand the world in which we live.
Have your writing published in the 2018 anthology.
Writing Topic: Journeying Together Through Our Fragile World
Maximum length for nonfiction prose: 500 words
We want to hear what’s on your mind about the world in which we live!
World Artists Experiences’ Writing Project
Additional Guideline Information
Writing Topic for 2017–2018
ATTN: Students & Teachers
The following text is offered to help direct students’ writing:
Our humanness bonds us. When we look closely, we discover how much we all share, from our family traditions; to our feelings of hope or disappointment, inclusion or exclusion, being seen or unseen, acceptance or rejection; to knowing joy or fear. Our experiences teach about our own and others’ humanness. When we understand our shared human feelings, we become kinder, more thoughtful citizens.
What experiences have you had that taught you something important about what it means to feel connected or isolated? What events in your life helped you understand the power of actions that can serve either to bring us together in community or make us feel alone?
This year we encourage writing that tells your personal stories, events that taught you important lessons about cross-cultural differences and similarities — perhaps telling of a time you felt misunderstood or mistreated, perhaps a family story about struggles dealing with or overcoming oppression or injustice. You may have had an experience in which someone’s kindness and reaching out made a significant difference or perhaps an experience where you, a friend, or family member risked standing up for someone in need.
We want to hear your stories because they help us better understand the consequences of our choices and actions. Most significantly, your stories offer new ways for others to understand the fragile world in which we live.
Writing selections are judged upon the following criteria: n Openness and honesty of the writer’s voice. n Quality of the ideas and insights about understanding and valuing differences.
Effective use of the tools of good writing: clear narrative, imagery and comparisons, use of details, sounds and rhythms, good grammar, spelling, etc. n Representation of voices and diversity of subject matter and points of view.
A panel of respected writers, headed by former Maryland Poet Laureate Dr. Michael S. Glaser and Professor Rachel Heinhorst, will select the works to be published in the anthology.
World Artists Experiences is a non-profit organization that bridges international understanding through culture and people. WAE encourages international interaction by providing channels for communication and exchange.