Project encourages students to get excited about writing |

Project encourages students to get excited about writing

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My eighth-grade teacher told me I'd make a great journalist.

"You are very black and white," she said of my writing style. Apparently creativity eluded me.

By the time I hit high school, those comments were long-forgotten. I managed to come up with enough creative thoughts to survive the highest levels of high school English.

The ability to write — anything — is a skill I always took for granted. When I was 17, writing was something I had to do to complete my homework.

Then again, I don't recall having any great opportunities, such as the Literacy and Music Project, encouraging me to get writing.

The Union has partnered with InConcert Sierra and the Nevada County Library to offer the Literacy and Music Project. We are looking for teens in ninth to 12th grade who would like to try their hand at being a music critic. Interested teens are invited to attend this weekend's InConcert Sierra performance of the New York Polyphony and write a 500-word critique of the show. Those who participate in the Literacy and Music Project will be admitted free, along with an adult, to the concert. All you have to do is show up.

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The winning submission will receive a $100 prize from InConcert Sierra and have the review printed in the nonprofit organization's March program. It will also be published in the Learning section of The Union and displayed at the county library. The library will also publish all submissions on its website.

Guidelines for the contest are online at under education. For details about the performance Sunday afternoon, see Page 5.

Getting a chance to see the New York Polyphony, an incredible classical quartet, will be well worth the experience. Being able to share that experience through the written word is a valuable asset for any young person to learn.

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