Olivia Cass, left, and Charli Earle, sixth-graders at Craig Middle School, type up stories they've written so far this year while sitting in Judy Harris' literacy intervention class. Harris will upload the stories to a national gallery that will be unveiled on the National Day of Writing, which is Tuesday.

Photo by Shawn McHugh

Olivia Cass, left, and Charli Earle, sixth-graders at Craig Middle School, type up stories they've written so far this year while sitting in Judy Harris' literacy intervention class. Harris will upload the stories to a national gallery that will be unveiled on the National Day of Writing, which is Tuesday.

6th-graders to be published

Local students to be a part of National Gallery of Writing

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• National Gallery of Writing will be unveiled Tuesday.

• Read local students' writing at http://galleryofwriting.org.

Eleven-year-old Ryan Lueck had no problem choosing his favorite dessert.

He also didn't have a problem describing, in mouthwatering detail, the delights of a "nice, big brownie" for an assignment in a sixth-grade English class.

"It's nice and warm and gooey and should always be loaded with chocolate chips," he typed on his laptop during Judy Harris' literacy class Wednesday afternoon at Craig Middle School.

By Oct. 20, his writing will be published nationwide.

On Wednesday, about 15 students worked on typing up assignments they have written during the school year so Harris could then publish them online.

A local online writing gallery will be unveiled Tuesday as a part of the National Day of Writing.

Harris, a CMS literacy specialist, is the curator of what she hopes will be the first of many annual writing galleries.

"This way, the kids get a bigger audience than just their parents and their teachers," she said. "It's not just for a grade."

Local galleries across the country will be accessible via the national gallery at galleryofwriting.org.

"We didn't want them to be limited to one topic," she said. "We want them to have a choice and write about what they love. They'll have fun if they have a topic they can really sink their teeth into."

Lueck said he doesn't just write about chocolate during school. He also writes on his own time, usually in the form of fantasy fiction, and has published several of his stories on the Internet already.

"I like to write about mythical stuff," he said. "I write when I'm bored."

He said he recently wrote a story about a race of people from Middle Earth who were raised as soldiers, without names or a sense of identity, and were sent into battle.

"It was a little scary, I guess," he said. "I think a little comes from video games and TV, but a lot of it I just think of and just write it down."

His classmate, Katia Voloshin, drew her inspiration from the senses she experiences while eating raspberry sorbet.

For the dessert assignment, she discovered that pink isn't just a color: it's a taste.

"Pink isn't just the color," Voloshin wrote. "It tastes better than that. It is creamy, mouthwatering and just so delicious. It smells like raspberries and tastes even better in your mouth."

Sharing a desk with Voloshin was Morgan Lawton, who was typing up her story about some Halloween decorations, namely, a "bright orange monster of a pumpkin."

She said she was nervous, however, to have her stories on the Web for everyone to read.

"But it's pretty cool," she said.

Lueck, who wants to be a fiction writer when he grows up, said he was "real excited," although he's already published things online.

He said he's looking forward to his parents reading his stories once they're posted.

Harris said her students have displayed a lot of enthusiasm for the program so far.

She has plans to expand it next year to all classes and grades at Craig Middle School.

"I really want to blow it up for Craig next year," she said. "They can write things specifically for the gallery if they want. There's a lot of potential for this."

Nicole Inglis can be reached at 875-1793, or ninglis@craigdailypress.com.

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