... from 8th graders who have participated in a writing workshop are a good way to commemorate The National Day of Writing today (kindly remember that these are all "sic"):
"You've shown me what it is to be an author, and, who knows, I might possibly be your competition one day."Ah, yes. Now that's why I love writing for middle-schoolers.
"After meeting you last week I have been totally craving Sweet Tarts."
"I loved how you gave your impression of your parents. It cranked me up."
"Never had I heard an author speak of dating trouble and video games. You helped me realize that not all authors are these stiff hard working people."
"When I wrote my paragraph, I read it over. I was so excited that it was better than my normal writing. I wanted you to read it out loud to my group members. People would overlook me in the option list of 'who wrote this' because it was 'too good' for my writing."
"Why is reading a book so special? You brought the answer out to me: Reading engages you by involving all five human senses. It's why your stomach growls when the character goes to a king's feat or why you walk the streets of an imaginary world while sitting on a bed grasping a book."