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A dark and stormy night
September 2, 2008 - Jennifer Houtman
There's nothing I like better than a scary story.
One of my favorite authors is Stephen King. I've read many of his earlier novels more than once. Unfortunately, the ones he's written recently read more like movie scripts, and they just aren't as scary as the thrillers I read years ago.
I'm not alone in my love of scary stories and I've found there are as many people who like to write scary stories as like to read them. That's why when September rolls around, we gear up for our annual Scary Stories contest.
Letters already have gone out to local schools, grades 1 through 8. Each year roughly 2,000 students submit their stories in our contest. We choose winners from each grade and publish a special Scary Stories section just before Halloween.
Part of the project involves newsroom staffers fanning out over the county and beyond to present writing workshops to students. I love reading the entries, but I enjoy these workshops with the students even more. It's a chance for me to visit schools and meet teachers and students face to face. I know other members of my staff enjoy the workshops as much as I do.
So, spread the word. Anyone wanting to schedule a writing workshop should give me a call or drop me an e-mail. We will schedule workshops over the next few weeks on a first come, first serve basis. The deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, for all entries to be submitted to the newspaper.
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A past Scary Story section