Category Archives: creative writing

New Skype Interview! Erin and Deek Rhew. Martin’s article and Erin and Deek’s feedback!

Martin, 10th grader, wants to share his views on our latest Skype interview:

On May 31, we had a Skype interview with two American authors, Erin and Deek RHEW, after having analyzed Erin’s novel’s incipit, an excerpt from “The Prophecy”. This cute couple could be described as funny, geeky, talented and beautiful, leading to one of the most enjoyable interviews of this year, even though the whole class had to overcome several technical problems!
But after a while, we managed to establish this extremely pleasant moment of learning.… Visit the author's original post

Eric Price’s interview. By Noah.

Today was a great day again for our “Seconde” class. We have interviewed the charismatic American author, Eric Price. We have learnt very much about him, and about what he thinks and feels about literature. He has on this day written 2 fantasy novels, many short stories and articles. He has been living in the south of the U.S. for a few years, with his wife and 2 sons. Besides his writing he also helps his wife working on her family farm.… Visit the author's original post

Cathi Unsworth’s Skype Interview with my students. By Lila.

Curled light blonde hair with a swirl of black held with red and green barrettes… an amazing author answered our questions, while France 3’s TV crew filmed our every move. Another great Skype interview, this time with the charismatic Cathi Unsworth.
"How do you come up with the titles of your novels?"
“Most of them come from songs”, she told us.
"What message do you try to convey through your stories?"
She speaks up about what the bullies make others go through, she wants to spread tolerance.… Visit the author's original post

Cyane’s visit. By Kostia

Sometimes, you have great opportunities which are offered to you and you really don't want to let those pass. I believe that our class with the French author Cyane was one of those great moments you never forget in your life. He is a great writer and is a passionate man and he believes in what he does and that is something great to see when you're a 15-year-old teenager. At first,I thought that the project was simply translating a book but once he explained to us what the purpose of this project really was, I was shocked.… Visit the author's original post

Skype Interview of David ARENSTAM, American author. By Louise.

On February 28, our class had a Skype interview with novel author David Arenstam. This American writer started by introducing himself to us. David Arenstam is a Massachusetts-born author, he started off his professional life by creating his own data processing company, but soon abandoned that job for something he had dreamed of for years: teaching English literature and writing. This quick presentation was followed by getting to know more about his book than we knew from the extract we had read.… Visit the author's original post

New author blog post! David Arenstam tells us about his love for literature!

It is a great honor to welcome David Arenstam on my blog!
We actually met last April in Saco when my students, my colleague, Mr Tabary and I were visiting the school.
When I read his short stories, I immediately asked him to join my lietrature project!
THANK YOu so much Dave for accepting!


Writer, writer, who wants to be a writer?

The question was so simple, and for me, so complicated. For most of my adult life, I owned and operated a small software and data-processing firm that specialized in providing technology solutions for small banks and credit union.… Visit the author's original post

Slides I will use for the May 30 webinar with CYANE, French author. (French version of the May 2 webinar)


How can you attend the webinar?
Lien d'accès: https://webconf.vc.dfn.de/fairevivre/
Informations: https://v.gd/fairevivre
Inscription: http://lpm.lpm.uni-sb.de/Webinar/index3.php
Avec CYANE : auteur.… Visit the author's original post

New author guest post. And now for something completely different: poetry by David Atkinson

David Atkinson is the only poet to have joined my literature project and it is a great honor to welcome him on my blog!

His website: davidatkinsonpoet.wordpress.com

 

Black Eyed Peace




Black Eyed Peace is my second collection of poetry was published in 2014.Visit the author's original post

9ème Forum des Enseignants Innovants : Article du Café Pédagogique (Projets littéraires)

Bonjour à tous,
Voici le dernier article du Café Pédagogique sur les projets littéraires de la section internationale américaine du Lycée Nelson Mandela :)
N'hésitez pas à envoyer un feedback !
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9ème Forum des Enseignants innovants: presentation of my OIB projects to the French Minsiter of Education

As some of you know, I have had to undergo emergency surgery. I am missing my dear students more than I can tell! And I still must lie down as much as possible.

That is why it has taken so long to write this post!

To My dear 10th grade students,

Your literature projects were selected by François Jarraud (Café Padagogique) to be presented to the French Minister of Education.

Your work and some of the content you created was really appreciated!… Visit the author's original post

Deek Rhew: guest writer and future guest speaker!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thank you so much for inviting me onto your blog, Marie!

Today, we are talking about the wild and crazy ride of getting from "It was a dark and stormy night..." to "Yaaaay! You're officially published." There was an article I read by Dave Barry who talked about a flight he took to California. Everyone boarded and while they were waiting to take off, he randomly started asking people how much they paid for their ticket. The answer was not surprising: No one on that flight paid the same fare.… Visit the author's original post

Kai Strand: some thoughts about the first Skype interview (by some of my students)

Today, some students wrote a post in honor of Kai Strand who did the first Skype interview with them.
Thanbk you so much to them and to Kai!

Last Thursday, the 10th grade OIB class got to know the American writer Kai Strand whom they met during a Skype interview. It was a neat opportunity because most of us had never done a Skype interview before with a writer. Kai Strand was very nice to us and answered all our questions in great detail.… Visit the author's original post

New guest writer! Eric Price will be my students’ next guest speaker!

It is a great honor to share this post with you! Thank you Eric for being such a wonderful person!


My interest in writing books developed around the same time I developed an interest in reading them. As a child, few things interested me less than reading. But around the time I started 7th grade, a few unrelated events happened to change my mind and to begin shaping me into the person I am today.
First, one of my friends started reading Stephen King books.… Visit the author's original post

New Guest Writer! Erin Rhew, author of The Fulfillment series

Before being interviewed by my students on Skype, Erin Rhew has just shared her huest writer's post!
Thank you so much Erin!
Here is her website.


Thanks so much for hosting me today, Marie!!

Things I Didn’t Know About Being A Writer

I think most new writers start out a bit naïve about the process. When you look around, books just seem to sell. A big named author releases a new novel, and BOOM, it’s a bestseller. No one ever mentions all the behind-the-scenes mayhem that contributes to that bestseller or how many rejections that person received before he or she hit it big.… Visit the author's original post

Guest Writer: Cathi Unsworth, author of Weirdo

I met Cathi Unsworth at Impressions d'Europe, a literary festival, in Nantes last year and asked her if she would like to join a school project with international section students. She immediately accepetd and as we were both very busy last year, everything is starting this school year!

Cathi Unsworth is a novelist, writer and editor who lives and works in London. She began her career on the legendary music weekly Sounds at the age of 19 and has worked as a writer and editor for many other music, film and arts magazines since, including Bizarre, Melody Maker, Mojo, Uncut, Volume and Deadline.… Visit the author's original post

OIB parents’ meeting slides

If you would like to learn more about the international section projects for this school year, feel free to read this post!



Enjoy!

And if you teach and would like to start a project with us, feel free to comment on the post!

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New guest writer: Katie L. Caroll, author of Elixir Bound

It is a great honor to welcome to Katie L. Caroll who is one of the 8 authors who accepted to write a guest post on my blog.
She will soon share her thoughts with the 10th grade American OIB class at Lycée International Nelson Mandela (on Skype).


Here are slides to prepare the students for the Skype Interview!


And her post!

I often say that my journey as a writer began at a very sad time in my life, shortly after my 16-year-old sister, Kylene, unexpectedly passed away.… Visit the author's original post

Kai Strand: Guest Writer…. and first Guest Speaker in the 10th grade Skype interview project!

I am honored to welcome Kai on my Blog!
She will be the first guest speaker and author to discuss her work with my students on October 13, 2016, at Lycée International Nelson Mandela, Nantes, France.
Here are the Project Padlet and the presentation slides I will use to study the excerpt from her novella.



Her post:
Hello! My name is Kai Strand. I write fiction for kids and teens. The main reason I choose to write for a younger audience is because they tend to be such passionate readers.… Visit the author's original post

2016 Paper Planes Creative Writing Competition


One American OIB student has won a creative writing prize, the second Paper Planes Poetry prize! Congratulations Charlotte!!!!!!
I am very proud of you!
Here is her poem:

Devour the pages

Fly through the words
Such as the most graceful of birds
Devour the pages
Pursuing the path of all sages
Immerse in a different universe
Beware, it can be diverse
From utopian to perverse
Dispel any type of limit
The spectacle of a race of dreams
Glorious and wild like the fiercest of
streams Convoluted schemes, reaching the extremes
Following a fluke, they split!… Visit the author's original post