Syracuse 8th graders get published before they move up to high school

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Lincoln middle schoolers spent time in the library for writing labs that led to five students becoming published authors.

A total of nine students entered their work in the Stranger Sagas writing contest, sponsored by Young Writers USA, and all of them were selected. In the end, four chose not to have their work published.

NewsChannel 9 caught up with four of the newly published authors to find out what they love most about writing.

“[I like] how free it can be and how you have so much control over what you’re writing about,” said Samantha McGiveron, an eighth-grader at Lincoln.  

After choosing a contest story prompt — each student was launched into their writing space.

“You can think of a plot and how it’s going to go and then start planning the writing and it’s just a little bit of a process,” shared Caitlin Soler, an eighth-grader at Lincoln.  

Getting published gave eighth-grader Lauren Cameron the push to try something new.

“I’ve actually joined a writing club and me and my brother, we are currently working on a story together,” Cameron said.

For all four Lincoln Middle School students — the future is full of fantasy, mystery, laughter and their love of reading and writing.

“I can see myself keep writing essays and just writing at home for fun creatively but maybe not as a profession,” said Grace Holtsbery, an eighth-grader at Lincoln.

For more information about the contest or Young Writers USA, click here.

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