Moved and Motivated to Write

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Over 150 students from East Northport and Northport Middle School had the privilege of meeting and learning from the award-winning author Jason Reynolds, who spoke at the Northport Public Library on Oct. 22. Mr. Reynolds writes for young adults and middle-grade audiences, and his recently published books in the “Track” series have all become New York-Times best-sellers.

Mr. Reynolds shared his writing process and personal journey to becoming a writer with the students. He also discusses how a majority of his characters and plots have been taken directly from his life experiences. Mr. Reynolds encouraged the students to write, regardless of whether or not they felt they were “writers.”

“You can love my stories, or other author’s stories,” said Mr. Reynolds, “but never forget that your own stories are the greatest gift.”

Students and teachers left the library feeling both moved by his stories and motivated to write their own. The district thanks the Northport-East Northport Public Library for putting together such a special opportunity for the middle schoolers!