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Pencils, Words & Kids

Pencils, Words & Kids

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★ How & why to write, for kids and their mentors. ★

Learning to write is like weight lifting, every repetition makes you stronger.
This app is a How To guide for kids and their mentors to get the words flowing. This app is not about grammar and spelling. It's good for all ages, like a one room schoolhouse.

The creative writing process is presented in 81 entries and 203 photos of kids writing, original artwork, and inspiring scenes. The photos show what real writing looks like and will fuel brainstorming for stories, essays and poems.

The Pencils, Words & Kids creative writing process engages young writers through 7 filters:
Be a Reader First
How & why to write
How to use this app
Kids speak about writing
Responding to creative writing

The prompts are friendly, in depth, and re-usable, riddled with vocabulary and a smattering of arts-n-crafts. The 'Pencils, Words, & Kids' app is extremely helpful to parents, mentors, educators and homeschoolers who want to rev up composition lessons, and for writers who want to develop their voice.

Entries include:
Permission to be creative
Be a reader first
Take my character, please
What to write about
Slow it down
You eat it, who cooks it?
Maps & Perspective
Ekphrastic rhymes with fantastic!
Don't shoot yer eye out
Purely Visual
Advice from Kids
and commentary from authors & writers on the childhood books that inspired them to write.

To summarize— creative writing is any writing that is not boring!

★ About the Author ★

Lisa Annelouise Rentz has published short stories, illustrations, and essays in publications from Arizona to Australia, including the Oxford American, Liars' League London, and She lives in the Lowcountry of South Carolina, where she has written with many children, in the schools and at ARTworks community center. Nature writing with kids is one of her preferred projects, and she's also the author of the Beaufort SC 365 arts & travel app, so that visitors & locals can find kayak expeditions, oyster roasts, and walks with salt-breezy views.

★ About Sutro Media ★

This guide is published in partnership with Sutro Media. By enabling local writers to share their expertise on mobile phones, Sutro Media is making it easier and more fun to explore the world!

If you have any problems, comments, or suggestions for improvement, we'd love to hear from you -

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What's New

- lots of new iOS 7 bug fixes
- fixed recent bug with twitter field
- fixed landscape transition issue
- resolved display issue on iPhone 5
- more offline photos on original download and faster download of offline content
- fixed intermittent bug with dynamic updates
- added better crash analytics and fixed a number of intermittent stability problems

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