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  • South Hadley kindergartner Chloe Colodner, 5, puts a ball through its motions for her stop-action movie filmed with help from University of Massachusetts College of Education doctoral student Sai Gattupalli during a “Kids Have All the Write Stuff” writing party Thursday at the Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley. The event, hosted by authors Robert Maloy, Sharon Edwards and Torrey Trust, encouraged youngsters to communicate ideas through filmmaking as well as with traditional pen and paper. STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Author Sharon Edwards, a lecturer in the University of Massachusetts College of Education, helps Jogi Renze, 7, of South Hadley work on a stop-action movie during a “Kids Have All the Write Stuff” writing party Thursdsay at the Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley. STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

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Published: 2/20/2020 11:56:36 PM
Modified: 2/20/2020 11:56:25 PM

SOUTH HADLEY – About 20 children, many visiting from the nearby Gorse Children’s Center at Mount Holyoke College, were busy producing movies downstairs at the Odyssey Bookshop on Thursday morning during a "Kids Have All the Write Stuff" writing party. The party was hosted by University of Massachusetts College of Education lecturers Robert Maloy and Sharon Edwards, who co-authored the original “Kids Have All the Write Stuff: Inspiring Your Children to Put Pencil to Paper” in 1992. They were joined by fellow faculty member Torrey Trust, with whom they co-authored their 2019 version, “Kids Have All the Write Stuff: Revised and Updated for a Digital Age”. The youngsters, encouraged to express their ideas and tell their stories through pen and paper as well as filmmaking, spent most of the morning creating props and animating these for their short features.

Kevin Gutting can be reached at kgutting@gazettenet.com.



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