When teachers at Arthur A. Leach noticed students doing some writing during their free time, they decided to create a platform. The Write Company was recently launched and is an innovative online bi-monthly compilation of student and staff writing.
“We decided to open it up to staff as well, to show students that writing isn’t just something that is “forced” on them by a teacher, but is something that many of us choose to do in our free time,” shared Morgan Arksey, Arthur A. Leach teacher-librarian.
“What better way to show students what is possible than by modeling it? I think another unique thing about The Write Company is that we’re not necessarily aimed solely as an outlet for creative writing – all formats of student writing are encouraged, and staff are encouraged to recommend that students submit content area writing as well.”
The first edition is filled with roughly 50/50 student submission and staff pieces. There are poems, short stories and even a letter of complaint to the inventors of pop-up ads. A celebration was held with parents, staff and students to mark the creation of the first publication. What started as a literacy team project has already gained momentum and inspired students to write and share their works with a larger audience.
“After all of this, we hope that students get the feeling that their words matter, and that they have an audience outside of just the teacher in their classroom. We hope that students are motivated to engage more in the writing process. And we hope that this provides more opportunities for students to belong to something and contribute to our diverse community,” said Arksey.
The hope is to have students take the lead in editing and publishing roles moving forward. There is also talk about exploring audio, video and photo contributions. View the Write Company’s January 2019 edition here.