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February 2, 2013

Facing the blank page


The class will be instructed by Amanda Kaufman, a SUNY Plattsburgh graduate student majoring in childhood education.

“I’m helping them create a story that they come up with by themselves creatively, and I help them create a finished product that they can submit,” Kaufman said.

The sessions start at 3:30 p.m.

“Each class is divided and (will focus) on different areas of the process of writing. Because the ages are varied, I have to be able to tailor the writing environment for all those ages,” she said.

The first class will be about learning contest rules for each grade.

“We’re going to be as creative as they want to be,” Kaufman said.

She’s introducing the children to a what-if story.

“You take an idea: What if only cats lived in the city, what would it be like? They can take it from their lives. It could be fiction or nonfiction,” she said.

The children will create drafts and final products, which include five illustrations.

“We have different ways they can do their illustrations,” Kaufman said. “The kids can pretty much do anything. They can create collages; take photographs; (work with) watercolor, crayon or computers. I will have different forms they can work with to best describe their stories.”

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IF YOU GO WHAT: "PBS Kids Go! Writers Contest Class." WHEN: 3:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Feb. 4, 6, 11, 13, 25 and 27. WHERE: North Country Cultural Center for the Arts, 23 Brinkerhoff St., Plattsburgh. COST: $65 for nonmembers and $60 for members PHONE: Call 563-1604 to pre-register. WEBSITE: or

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