Inspiring Young Writers By Lee Ann Sontheimer Murphy

Each time I visit one of the local schools to talk to the kids about writing, I pull out my high-heeled shoes and dress up, casting aside my normal attire of faded jeans and T-shirt, to present a professional appearance. I don’t have a prepared program or speech, just a few props and more than twenty years of experience to bring to the youth.

On my most recent visit, I faced an uphill battle. Because it was a half-day of school that Friday and my program was just before lunch, the last activity of the day, some of the kids were restless. Add to that the fact that some students were enjoying a movie while this bunch