Young writers become published authors in Lewiston

Updated: May. 25, 2021 at 6:47 AM EDT
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LEWISTON, Maine (WMTW) - Students at Lewiston’s Farwell Elementary School are now published authors.

Kids in the school’s Author Studies Program wrote a 290-page manuscript that was published into a book that arrived at the school Monday.

Working alongside author Gary Savage, the students reworked his book Fletcher McKenzie and the Passage to Whole. In Savage’s book, a girl in Western Maine discovers a passage to a hidden world. In the Farwell students’ version, ta boy works his way through the COVID-19 pandemic.

The students crafted their story using their experiences during the pandemic and the book came together through online classes.

Savage said he was excited to be part of this program and the project.

“It’s important because the kids are so excited it’s good to see the number of kids were graduated the program who continue to write in high school and beyond and will do a contest with the kids in the hardest thing is to choose the winner because there’s so much talent here.” Savage said.

The story needed $6,500 to be published. Donations came in from local groups and from two of Maine’s most famous authors: Stephen and Tabitha King. Their foundation’s donation helped fully fund the publishing.

Money raised by the book’s sales will benefit the school’s library.

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