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Kids’ Choice, Inc., a Georgia-based Google nonprofit founded by New Manchester Elementary, Teacher of the Year-Shalicia Thomas. Kids’ Choice is dedicated to improving learning through student-created resources, announced its first annual writers’ workshop. Scheduled for Saturday, October 24, from noon to 1:00 p.m., the writers’ workshop will take place via Zoom because of COVID-19. The nonprofit is sponsored by the Georgia Council for the Arts and The National Endowment for the Arts.

During the one-hour workshop, students in grades three through five will learn writing skills, including how to tell a good story and how to get published. Author Evelyn Coleman will be the featured speaker. Her books, which focus on issues surrounding fairness, justice, prejudice and love, include White Socks Only, To Be a Drum, and the two American Girl books Shadows in Society Hill and The Cameo Necklace.

“I am thrilled to be a part of this very special event,” Coleman said. “As a native of the south, I know children in rural areas are often forgotten. I love speaking with young people about my passion for reading and writing, it is something I hope to pass on to the next generation. I hope the young people in attendance come away with the confidence to become published writers one day.”

In conjunction with the writers’ workshop, Kids’ Choice, Inc., will also accept writing submissions where young authors can submit their short stories or other creative works. Our team will review them for

creativity, originality, story organization, vocabulary, and overall quality. In addition to speaking, Coleman will provide workshop attendees with tips for their writing submissions for a chance to win $50. Final submissions are due October 28, and the highlighted stories will be chosen in mid-November.

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