Students at South-Western’s Jackson Middle School are discovering that kids can finish professional writers’ stories. They are adding endings to professional novelists’ unfinished works. Some of the writers have appeared on the New York Times Bestseller List.
Kevin Cordi, an education professor at Ohio Northern University near Lima unveiled the Young Adult Authors Unfinished StoryBox. The box is filled with the beginnings of stories from approximately 40 young adult writers. Students will write the endings to those stories, and then the box moves on to another school for another group.
Cordi founded the StoryBox project in 1995 and has been speaking with a publishing house about having an anthology of the best completed stories.
The genres he circulates vary, Two years ago he circulated children’s poetry. This is the first time he has circulated young adult fiction.
“This is a way to experience reading and writing as though you are a possible author,” Cordi said. “Reading rates are dismal.”