UPPAA to Offer Free Student Workshop for Writing Contest

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Students in grades five through twelve who are interested in submitting to the Dandelion Cottage Student Short Story Contest sponsored by the Upper Peninsula Publishers and Authors Association (UPPAA) are invited to sign up for a free short story  writing workshop. Hurry, space is limited to the first twenty students who sign up.

This will be a virtual workshop conducted by UPPAA award-winning author and educator, Deborah K. Frontiera. The workshop will take place over three Tuesday evenings: January 5, 12 and 19, 2021, at 6 p.m. EST. The timing enables students to have enough time to rewrite or polish their stories before the contest deadline for submission, which is February 5, 2021.

The first session will be about story structure, developing a character and starting a first draft. Students will complete their first draft between the first and second sessions. The second session will involve revision with Frontiera providing many suggestions for students to examine their stories and improve them. Students will rewrite their drafts before the final session which will dwell on polishing stories and doing a final edit. In this session, Frontiera will detail the types of spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors made most often by students.

Students may also consult with their teachers or others on their stories, but the students themselves must make any suggested changes. Students then give their stories to their language arts teacher since each teacher in a UP public or private school may submit two stories from each class to the contest. Students who are homeschooled should check with their local district for a sponsoring teacher.

Katie McEachern

Katie McEachern, 1st Place Winner of 2018 Dandelion Cottage Award

The top prize for the Dandelion Cottage Contest is $250 cash for the first place senior division winner and $150 for junior division winner, and there are no entry fees for writers. Winners also receive a hardbound edition of U.P. Reader in which their stories appear and a commemorative medallion.

The workshop is designed mainly for grades 5-8, but high school students with no experience in writing short fiction and who are interested in learning are welcome to register as well. There is a limit of 20 for workshop participation, so students should register as soon as possible by visiting: https://uppaa.org/student-workshop/
For full information on the contest’s submission guidelines, go to the Dandelion Cottage website.

About the Upper Peninsula Publishers and Authors Association (UPPAA)
Established in 1998 to support authors and publishers who live in or write about Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, UPPAA is a Michigan nonprofit association with more than 100 members, many of whose books are featured on the organization’s website at www.uppaa.org. UPPAA welcomes membership and participation from anyone with a UP connection who is interested in writing and publishing books.
For more information about this workshop, contact Victor Volkman via email at president@uppaa.org.

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