Students learn how to write a book

February 25, 2010 12:52:45 PM PST
It is a workshop on how to write a book for fourth and fifth graders from P.S. 195 in Queens. "In many books, some authors are able to express how they feel inside and I feel that I can follow in those footsteps and express how I feel inside," Leslie Betancourt said.

"They're writing about 'home' from all different countries. So the children did research on different countries and they really looked at what it meant to be a child in those countries," Judy Newman, Scholastic Book Clubs president, said.

This is part of a program called "Writers of Tomorrow" is run by Scholastic, the company that publishes books and magazines for children.

The not-for-profit called "Pencil" arranges partnerships between private industry and public schools. Several schools are involved in the writers program.

"You get to work with your friends and talk to them about the book and all of that," Jevaughni Pegues explained about why he likes the problem.

Not only does the program teach the children how to plan and write a book, but also when it's all over, they each get to become published writers.

With the help of Scholastic professionals, they are preparing individual manuscripts.

"I feel proud of myself," Christina Durham said. "Because I get to publish a book and the book can have my name on it."

The young writers will continue in the program for the rest of the school year.