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Publishing my own book in writing class is good career start

Credit: Kidsday staff artist / Kiera Pagano, Massapequa

“It ain’t whatcha write, it’s the way atcha write it.”

— Jack Kerouac

Writing stories is one of my most favorite things to do. I am lucky enough to go to a school, Commack Middle School, that has a course for writing.

My school has some very interesting classes. We call them electives because you get to choose one of these classes. Once I entered seventh grade, I was able to pick my elective. The electives covered topics in math, science, English, technology, art and politics. We were able to choose from classes such as Forensics, Gaming and Coding, Leaders of Tomorrow, Math and Science Research and Robotics. Many caught my eye, but only one was for me. This class was called Writers Studio.

When I grow up, I want to be a writer, so this class was perfect for me. The whole year we were able to create any story we wanted to — short stories, novels, poems, you name it. I love to write poems, so in the beginning of the course I wrote a few poems. Then I decided to start a novel because our teacher told us we would get them published at the end of the year! We used a site called Bookemon ( to publish our books. After I worked all year on my book, “A Bad Case of Bad Luck,” it got published. If you want to find more about my book and my classmates’ books, go to Bookemon and search for it. All of our books can still be found there!

“Classes like Writers Studio embody everything I love about being a teacher,” said Kara Rivara-Sturchio, Writers Studio teacher. “All of the students are passionate and enthusiastic because they have complete freedom and no real limits to what they can create. As a teacher, there’s nothing more I could ask for than a group of students that are motivated and excited to learn. Finding the time to engage freely in what we love can be a challenge. Writers Studio is so special because it makes that time.”

I was very devoted to this class. I knew if I wanted to be a writer growing up, I would be writing every day to finish a book. This class helped me develop as a writer and a reader. I loved reading my stories and the stories my friends made.

I know many schools may not have a class like this, but if you have an interest in writing. . . . find a way, find a time and find a place. You will never regret writing, just like I will never regret taking this class. You never know, maybe I will become a famous author one day, and you will be reading my books. Writing spreads joy to the writer and the reader. When you get sucked in to a good book, you can’t stop reading. Just like getting sucked into writing. Once you start, you can never quit.

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