Learning the Power of Spark

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During an assembly with “The Donut Fix” author Jessie Janowitz, Frank P. Long Intermediate School students learned that there are three important elements to writing a story or book: spark, the question of what if? and revision. 

The popular author, whose second book “The Donut King” was released on May 14, read the first two pages of “The Donut Fix,” shared her inspiration for the story and led the students through exercises to excite them about the writing process. She also shared her preferences for stories with lots of character and dialogue and referenced several books that meet that description.

Students brought their own journals to write down notes and to record their own “sparks.” Students who ordered Ms. Janowitz’s book also had the opportunity to meet the author and have their book signed. 

Ms. Janowitz’s visit not only excited the students, many of whom have read “The Donut Fix,” but encouraged them to pursue their own writing.