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Old 06-03-2017, 05:11 AM
 
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A thousand years ago, when I was in high school, we had one annual publication for the literary club, and we were self-published...you can just copy the pages and staple...or take it to a copy place and have them copy with a spiral binding, for example. That part is easy. You will need some up front cash to pay for the publication, so the first year, see if the principal can give you a small budget. If not, you will need to do a fundraiser or two. You could offer pencils and pens for sale, perhaps, or have a used book sale...or just go with the traditional candy sales. Your school probably has guidelines.

You can have monthly competitions advertised in your school...best poem, best short story, best informative article, best personal essay...or offer writing prompts. Your editorial board would then select the best 3 from that category, and those would go into your end of year publication. If you announce the winners in advance, you can keep interest up, especially if a prize is involved. A prize could be as simple as a certificate. You can also solicit best student work from the English teachers if you need more. Have a contest for the cover design and maybe some illustrations of stories or poems, too.

Develop a structure for meetings and meeting dates in advance, and keep it simple and straightforward. Be sure every kid has a specific task responsibility so they feel invested. Offer snacks at meetings (this is a great way to get good participation if you can manage a batch of cookies or other simple homemade snacks).
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