After several anxious days of waiting on my part, I am thrilled to announce that my Story Quest creative writing curriculum (middle school level) is now available on Amazon. You can get the teachers’ edition here:
I have been very busy the last couple of months working on two different curriculum projects. I am just about done with my revisions of Story Quest, my creative writing curriculum, and it should be going up on Amazon soon.
I also decided to write another story for my anthology, since there’s no sign of it coming out anytime soon. That story I’m still working on. But meanwhile, I saw an opportunity to enter a story in a contest. I had to write a new story because of the length and theme requirements, and neither are to my advantage. However, I gave it a stab and the story is now up on the website.
Let me be clear here—in this particular instance I am way, way out of my league and I know it. The chances of winning anything are virtually zilch. However, I think I get some kind of brownie points if people read it, so that’s what I’m asking. Click on the link and read the story. You don’t have to like it. In fact you probably won’t. But I think just getting views is helpful in some way. And there’s a “like” button to push if you do like it.
It’s past time for an update here. First of all, anthology news. My publisher seems to be a little behind, which has given me the chance to maybe write one more story for the anthology. I have started it, but this has been a very busy month so it is not yet finished. I think it’s a pretty good story premise though.
Secondly, I recently signed a contract to write a high school literature guide for Jane Eyre. (In an intriguing twist of fate, I have an actual ancestor whose name was Jane Eyre.) I’ve made a good start on that also, and hope to dive into it with real enthusiasm next week. Possibly I might be writing similar guides for several other classic novels.
Thirdly, I received an email today which made my entire week. Years ago, I wrote a middle-school creative writing curriculum which I used to teach many kids from my home. The curriculum was picked up and published by the Institute for Excellence in Writing, but a couple of years ago they discontinued it without even telling me.
When I figured it out, I contacted them and they told me that all the rights reverted to me. My plan was to revise and update it and then release it myself through Amazon—but I hadn’t got around to it yet. Then today I received an email from the academic dean of a Catholic school in South Carolina. He wrote: “Several of our middle school teachers used your Story Quest text for several years but it seems it is no longer in print through IEW. Is there any place where we could still purchase these books? They have had an incredible impact on our students.”
You have no idea how much that encouragement meant to me, sir. And now I am highly motivated to finish revising that curriculum so that your school can have it. Stay tuned for a notice that it is once again available!