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  1. Submit a one-sentence summary of your “story” that includes WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE, WHY, and HOW. (Which character, how long after the seed story?  Depending on your timing, we may use your story as a flashback or a foreshadowing incident.) I’m going to write a story about….
  2. Include two sentences that explain how your scene/story will flow out of the SEED STORY. Just a couple of sentences will suffice. My story will flow out of the SEED STORY by showing …
  3. We will decide who gets to write which story based on responses to the prompts in the application form. We will let you know within a week which character you will be “assigned”.
  4. Based on your personal experience or observations, create a short story that will flow with or out of the SEED STORY I sent you. We are trusting that you will not disclose information about the SEED story until after the book is published.
  • Write in the first person as the character you are assigned. Help us SEE your character by using the S.T.E.A.L. character development elements: Speech, Thoughts, Effect on others, Actions, Looks (physique, attire, etc.)
  • Write a scene that includes authentic dialogue between your character and Lillian or Louis, the main characters in the seed story. (NO PROFANITY or RACIST LANGUAGE.)
  • Have your character quote directly or indirectly a verse from the NIV or KJV version of the Bible that relates to something in the story – an action, an attitude, an opinion (In parenthesis give the book, chapter verse and NIV or KJV (Genesis 1:1, NIV)
  • Include a fully developed scene that appeals to four of the FIVE SENSES: sight, sound, smell, taste, touch.

This will become an e-book that you can purchase as a print book from the  PUBLICATIONS website as a print on demand.  That means you pay printing, tax and shipping using the link on the PUBLICATIONS website.  No minimum number of books is required for purchase.

We reserve the right to make minor changes to enhance the flow of your story and its connection to the seed story. If the first submission is missing any of the key elements in the requirements listed, we will return it to you for revision.  We will accept one revision of your story based on the comments we send to you.  If the re-submitted story does not meet requirements, we will not include it in this collection.  With a little more work, you may submit it to another publication.

Still interested?  Email me at ajroseboro@comcast.net  and I'll send you the seed story. "Two, One, Now Three?" and the link to a form to indicate your top three character choices, and the one sentence summary of first choice character and how your story will flow with or out of the SEED STORY.

JATNE PUBLICATIONS will be the publisher and they will contact you regarding the modest cost to participate.

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Anna’s Writings

Books, Articles, Contributions,  Poetry, Short Story, and Columns

 

BOOKS

Roseboro, Anna J. Small.  RAINBOW REMINDERS: What the Colors Tell Us (2022) JATNE Publishing.   

_____ EXPERIENCE POEMS AND PICTURES: Poetry that Paints/Pictures that Speak (2019) Kindle Direct Printing.  Available with Reflections in All English or in English and Spanish.

_____ NOT INTIMIDATING: Teaching Different Reading Genres to a Diverse Student Body (2019) Rowman and Littlefield Education

_____ MORE ABOUT WRITING: Designing Student Assignments with Specific Steps (2019) Rowman and Littlefield Education

____ GETTING STARTED: A Path to Success Teaching English to Middle School Students and Beyond (2018) Rowman and Littlefield Education

_____ Grampoppa: A Poem with Pictures (2017) (Kindle Direct Printing)

_____Sweethearts of Zion’s Hill (2016) Ed. Verneal Y. Mitchell and Stella R  Calloway (CreateSpace Printing)  See book trailer at this link.

_____On Zion’s Hill (2015) Illustrated by Susan J. Osborn (CreateSpace Printing)

____ Teaching Writing in the Middle School: Common Core and More (2013) Rowman and Littlefield Education

_____ Teaching Reading in the Middle School: Common Core and More (2013) Rowman and Littlefield Education

_____ Teaching Middle School Language Arts: Incorporating Twenty-first Century Literacies.(2010)  Rowman and Littlefield Publishers.

_____. Autobiography Guide for Black Boy by Richard Wright. Glenview: Scott Foresman and Company, 1996.

ARTICLES

Roseboro, Anna J. Small. “Mentoring is a Must” English Leadership Quarterly. April, 2014 (Co-authored with Joan Williams, CATE)

_____ “Professional and Personal Lives” California English, September, 2010: 8-9.

_____. “Teaching Lan Cao’s Monkey Bridge.” with PowerPoint in .pdf (unpublished), 2009.

_____. “Patterning Poetry.” New Jersey English Journal, 2008: 12-15.

_____. “What Do You Enjoy about Coaching, Directing, or Advising?” English Journal, May 2007: 22-23.

_____. “Chair’s Cheat Sheet of Advice for Novice ELA Teachers.” English Leadership Quarterly, 2006: 6-8.

_____.”An Audience of Ones Peers.” California English. California Association of Teachers of English. Fall 1999.

_____. “Multicultural Literature: A Challenge and An Opportunity.” Promising Practices: Unbearably Good, Teacher-Tested Ideas, 1996: 20-23.

_____. “Student Choice/Teacher Control: Braided Lives in the Classroom.” English Journal, 1994: 14-19.

CONTRIBUTOR

"What's the Big Deal?" The poem is in RHYME AND RHYTHM: Poems for Student Athletes, ed. Sarah J. Donovan (2021)

“Pack Creek and Naa Kahida: An Alaskan Odyssey” Fine Lines: A National Quarterly, Creative Writing Journal, April 2021

Poetry collections in

Bridge the Distance: Teacher-Poets Writing to Bridge the Distance: An Oral History of COVID19 in Poems  (Oklahoma State University, 2021)

Marriage Connection: Making It Work: Faith-based Stories and Poetry (JATNE Publications, 2020)

Centered in Christ (JATNE Publications, 2020)

Heart Tree Fine Lines: A National Quarterly, Creative Writing Journal, Summer 2020

Experience Poems and Pictures: Poetry that Paints/Pictures that Speak (w. French, German and Spanish), 2019

Roseboro, Anna J. Small. “Why Mentor?”(contributor)  Making the Journey, Fourth Edition: Being and Becoming a Teacher of English Language Arts 4th Edition (2016) Heinemann

____ “Poetry Out Loud and In Groups – Lessons and Sample Charts” April, 2014

_____  “Poetry -Character and Setting” March, 2013

_____’ Geometric Characters and Of Mice and Men’. In Milner and Pope, Ed. Engaging American Novels: Lessons from the Classroom (pp. 82-89). Urbana: National Council of Teachers of English.(2011) This collection focuses on ten frequently taught American novels, both classic and contemporary, that can help promote student engagement.

Roseboro, Anna J. Small. Standing Committee on Teacher Preparation. Guidelines for the Preparation of Language Arts Teachers. National Council of Teachers of English. 2006.

_____., Teacher Reviewer. Projects in Speech Communications. Logan: Perfection Learning Corporation, 2009.

_____. “Multicultural Literature: A Challenge and An Opportunity.” In Multicultural Voices: Teachers Resource Book, x-xiv. Glenview: Scott-Foresman and Company, 1995.

_____. CyberGuide for A Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Peck. 1997.

_____. CyberGuide for I, Juan de Pareja by Elizabeth Borton de Trevino. 1997. http://www.sdcoe.k12.ca.us/score/juan/juantg.html (accessed March 23, 2009).

POETRY

Roseboro, Anna J. Small. “Words, Words, Words.” Fine Lines , Spring 2005: 51.

_____ “The Man with the Holes in His Socks“. 2011

_____“Summer Storm”  written  May, 2010

_____ “Our Son” also published on the National Writing Gallery, 2009. National Writing Gallery  2009

_____. “Grampoppa.” published The Shining Light, July/August 1994: 14. Here with introduction when poem was used in a speech.

_____. “Sounds on an Evening Walk.” In SDAWP-Open 1987, 53. San Diego: San Diego Area Writing Project, 1987.

_____. “Memories.” In SDAWP-Open 1987, 54-56. San Diego: San Diego Area Writing Project, 1987.

_____. “The Evening Walk.” In SDAWP-Open 1987, 102. San Diego: San Diego Area Writing Project, 1987.

SHORT STORY

Mike and Mr. Milt” written during Alaska Writing Project Summer Institute ca August, 1993.

COLUMN – “President’s Perspective”
Written during 2002-4 Term as President of the California Association of Teachers of English
 (CATE)

Roseboro, Anna J. Small.  “President’s Perspective.” California English. California Association of Teachers of English. June 2004. http://www.cateweb.org/pres_pers_jun04.htm (accessed March 23, 2009).

_____. “President’s Perspective.” California English. California Association of Teachers of English. April 2004. http://www.cateweb.org/pres_pers_april04.htm (accessed March 23, 2009).

_____. “President’s Perspective.” California English. California Association of Teachers of English. February 2004. http://www.cateweb.org/pres_pers_feb04.htm (accessed March 23, 2009).

_____. “President’s Perspective.” California English. California Association of Teachers of English. December 2003. http://www.cateweb.org/pres_pers_dec03.htm (accessed March 23, 2009).

_____. “President’s Perspective.” California English. California Association of Teachers of English. September 2003. http://www.cateweb.org/pres_pers_sept03.htm (accessed March 23, 2009).

_____. “President’s Perspective.” California English. California Association of Teachers of English. June 2003. http://www.cateweb.org/pres_pers_jun03.htm (accessed March 23, 2009).

_____. “President’s Perspective.” California English. California Association of Teachers of English. April 2003. http://www.cateweb.org/pres_pers_apr03.html (accessed March 23, 2009).

_____. “President’s Perspective.” California English. California Association of Teachers of Englsih. February 2003. http://www.cateweb.org/pres_pers_feb03.html (accessed March 23, 2009).

_____. “President’s Perspective.” California English. California Association of Teachers of English. November 2002. http://www.cateweb.org/pres_pers_Nov02.htm (accessed March 23, 2009).

_____. “President’s Perspective.” California English. California Association of Teachers of English. September 2002. http://www.cateweb.org/pres_pers_Sept02.htm (accessed March 24, 2009).

Design by Smartcat 

A memoir centers around a moment or event that is life-changing and significant. Its purpose is NOT to provide the reader with a detailed list of WHAT happened. Memoirs focus on HOW the author felt about the moment. They rely heavily on reflection and the significance of the event. Remember that a narrative is written from the writer's perspective and about how life is different because of a moment.

Prepare to tell your story by writing about 25-45 minutes answering each question, describing, recreating scenes for the reader. Yes, that’s 15-20 minutes for each question.  This will encourage you to think past a list and recall details that pull your reader into the story or this period of your life.

It doesn’t matter the order in which you write them.  For now, they are rough drafts.  

Once the pieces are “cut” we will assemble to quilt or mosaic that evokes the emotions and an opportunity for readers to gain insight that will increase their faith should they have or know someone having similar experiences.

Who are you?
What happened?
When did it happen?
Where did it happen?
Why did it happen?
How did you feel while it was happening?
How do you feel now that you reflect on this momentous event?

Most important to consider and most difficult to articulate.

So what?  Why should the reader care?

Consider HOW TO WRITE A MEMOIR

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