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Sessions include: Teaching for Deep Learning with Gifted Students, Teaching Critical Thinking with Debate and Deep Reading Seminars, It’s More than Technology: Engaged and Connected Learning, and Teaching for Creativity and Innovation. Space is limited. Register today!
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We had a great time at the 2015-16 Creative Writing Book Release Party. Special thanks to Asim RoyChowdhury for providing us with these pictures.
As published in the Coppell Gazette, April 5, 2016:
The Coppell Gifted Association Creative Writing Competition is in its eighth year, and in that time it has seen a host of talented young writers, from grades 3-12, enter their work. The competition has been a tremendous encouragement to many aspiring authors, giving them a chance to get their work out there and even read selections aloud at the annual book release party.
“I started the competition in 2008. We were concerned that standardized testing and writing prompts had resulted in less emphasis on creative writing. We hoped that by creating a competition that celebrated these talented young authors, it would encourage them to continue to tell their stories and inspire them to find their voice,” said founder Elizabeth Chappell.
In the beginning, there were only three judges and two of them, Matt Bowden and Kim Smith, still remain, reading new bouts of entries every year. The competition has grown since 2008.
“I think we had a little over 100 entries — many of them hand written! The original categories were Fiction, Non-Fiction, Graphic Novels, Poetry, Script and Fan Fiction,” Chappell said.
Over the years, the categories have shrunk to just two: Story and Poetry, and is only open to students in grades 4-12. But in every other way it has grown. This year they have received 677 entries and have 38 judges to read them.
“It is amazing to think of how many students have submitted their work over the years, and how many may have been inspired to continue writing,” Chappell said.
“I first submitted my work in the first year and continued to do so all the way until I graduated high school in 2013, winning several 1st place and honorable mentions along the way. It was a tremendous encouragement to me as a young writer still finding her footing,” Aimee Hyndman said.
This year, Hyndman is returning to the CGA Book Release Party but in a different way. This past September, her first book, HOUR OF MISCHIEF, a Young Adult Steampunk Fantasy novel was published by Curiosity Quills Press.
“While writing was always my passion, the CGA Creative Writing Competition gave me the confidence and practice I needed for when I eventually started submitting my work to agents and publishers,” Hyndman said.
“There is a tremendous amount of talent in this town and I know that some of these kids will be joining me someday soon as published authors. On that day, I’m sure they will look back as fondly on this opportunity as I did. We owe this competition, and especially Elizabeth Chappell, a lot,” Hyndman said.
If you would like to come to the book release party, stop by the CHS Commons on April 11 in the CHS Commons starting at 5:45 p.m. where there will be readings from the winners and from Hyndman’s book, as well as copies available for sale.
Congratulations to all of the passionate student writers who entered the 8th Annual CGA Creative Writing Competition! Over 45 judges have spent the last two months reviewing the story and poetry entries. We wholeheartedly thank the judges for their time, dedication and effort.
All pre-ordered Finalist Books will be distributed at the:
CGA Book Release Party
April 11, 2016
at CHS Commons
Books are available for pickup starting at 5:30p
- 1st Place recipients will have the opportunity to read a brief (4 minute) excerpt of their winning story.
- Honorable Mentions and 1st place winners will be called to the stage for recognition and photo opportunities.
- Students who are published in the book may enter a drawing at the party for a GoPro Hero video camera. Must be present to win.
- Guest speaker: Aimee Hyndman, CHS graduate and published author.
We will need your parent’s permission for your entry to be published in the book. They can go to https://form.jotform.com/cga/CWPermission2016.
The Creative Writing Competition 2015-16 results have not been released yet — they will be published by Friday, Feb 19, 2016. We had some issues this year that slowed our process. Thank you for your patience. We are back on track. This is how the week will unfold:
Step 1) Results will be sent to schools. Students who received 1st Place or Honorable Mention will receive certificates. Students will also receive any comments provided by the judges. Elementary age students will also receive participation certificates.
Step 2) Results will be published on the CGA website.
The results recently posted in the CISD Inspired are not the results from the 2015-16 CGA competition. Those results were posted in error. I apologize for all of the confusion that this has caused. We are trying to find out what happened and address the situation.
Thank you for supporting creative writing and encouraging these amazing young minds to find their voices and share their stories and poems.
I look forward to seeing you on April 11 at our BOOK RELEASE PARTY.
CGA Competition Coordinator