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Write Rhode Island Announces Our Lives Now: A new student writing project in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Write Rhode Island announces Our Lives Now, a flash non-fiction writing project for Rhode Island students in grades 7-12. Students are invited to submit a reflection on their current experience during the Covid-19 outbreak.

Each year Write Rhode Island hosts a fiction competition with more than 150 submissions from 33 of Rhode Island’s cities and towns representing students attending public, private and parochial schools from across the Ocean State. The best twenty stories are selected by judges and published in an anthology. Write Rhode Island recently launched Our Lives Now in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are all living in an extraordinary moment. Our normal routines have been dramatically altered. Most of us are at home. Schools are all online. We’re asking the young people of our state to reflect on their experiences. What are you seeing and doing? How have these changes affected your school and family life? What moments have you observed in the world around you?” says the Our Lives Now co-creators, local authors Hester Kaplan and Taylor Polites and School One.

Our Lives Now is open to all public, private, parochial or home-school students throughout the Ocean State. The deadline to submit a piece is June 9, 2020. Submissions need to be 400 words or less.

All submissions will be published on the Write Rhode Island website, social media and include in the included in the RICovidArchive.org, a digital archive co-managed by the Providence Public Library and Rhode Island Historical Society. For guidelines and to submit a story, click here: https://writerhodeisland.submittable.com/categories/edit/163139#!page-basic

For more information, including a full list of upcoming online writing classes and contest guidelines, visit www.school-one.org or contact Diana Champa at (401) 331-2497 and dianac@school-one.org.

Write Rhode Island now was co-created by Goat Hill writers and School One. School One is a small, independent high school in Providence that provides an arts-intensive, college preparatory education to an array of students from across Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts.

Write Rhode Island has been made possible thanks to support from BankRI, Pawtucket Credit Union, What Cheer Writers Group, Rhode Island Department of Education, the RI State Council on the Arts, and the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities. For more information, including a full list of available workshops, visit www.school-one.org or contact Diana Champa at (401) 331-2497 and dianac@school-one.org.

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