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Students Develop Creative Writing Skills

 writing workshop collage (Gibsonia, PA)  Students had a chance to hone their writing skills and develop their creative sides at the 26th Annual Middle School Writing Workshop for area schools in the Northern Area Gifted Consortium.

Pine-Richland Middle School GATE students sponsored the workshop, which was held on January 24, 2019, in the PRHS STEAM LGI Room.

This year’s creative writing theme was “Nature.”   Each middle school student participated in five creative writing stations.

Pine-Richland High School students worked for the last three months developing writing activities that they could present at the workshop through collaboration with GATE teachers Kathy Deal, who have been presenting the program at PR since 2011.

About 100 seventh and eighth graders from the following school districts attended: Allegheny Valley, Deer Lakes, Hampton, Moon, North Allegheny (Carson, Ingomar, and Marshall), Riverview, Shaler, and Pine-Richland.

Ms. Deal says by having high school students serve as mentors the program has become even more meaningful for both middle school and high school students.

“This event gives the middle school students a chance to write creatively and share their writing passion with others, while this is a leadership opportunity for our high school students who love to write,” said Ms. Deal.

The five Creative Writing Stations and student facilitators included:

“A Vivid Landscape” – Descriptive Writing by Abby Waryanka & Katy Rishel
“Opposite Ecosystems” – Poetry by Grade Dugan, Abbie Turner & Liah Kilgore

“Season’s Greetings!” – Persuasive Writing by Ella Karamanos, Nora Russell, Arianna Monarch & Erin Dougal

“The Extraterrestrial Exchange” - Dialogue Writing by Oliva Scullion, Ava Foster, Kate Kwasnick & Claire Tobin

“Path in the Woods” – Narrative Writing by Ilaria Perry, Matt Farmar & Allison Battaglia

After participating in each writing station, students were given the opportunity to share their written work, and dozens of students took advantage of this opportunity.

Seamus Daniello and Tyler Helper heled musical versions of the student works on the fly.

Ilaria Perry and Abby Waryanka served as co-editors of the Writing Workshop Booklet, which provided a professional workbook for participants.



Rachel Hathhorn