Convergence Camp 2015

Convergence Camp 2015

Between July 13 – 16, YAA, Paradise Valley Community College, and a cool mash-up of middle school, high school, and college student authors partnered for the inaugural Convergence Camp. Here’s the story. 

Above: The cover art inspiration for Convergence: Best Arizona Teen Writing of 2015.

Above: The cover art inspiration for Convergence: Best Arizona Teen Writing of 2015.

Welcome to Convergence, the digital version of Young Authors of Arizona’s Best Arizona Teen Writing of 2015 anthology: by young authors, for Arizona, earned publication through the Scholastic Writing Awards. YAA is one of only two Scholastic Art & Writing affiliates in America making our own “best of” book, and this summer YAA wants you to co-author the digital version by sharing your art, lesson plans, and other convergence media contributions to the book’s print compositions.

YAA, created to help young authors show-and-tell language and media arts, welcomes you, the reader, the teacher, the parent, the librarian, the partner organization, the partner business, and especially you, the aspiring young author, to help language and media arts converge in Arizona by “reading” and “writing” this Convergence: Best Arizona Teen Writing of 2015 digital site.

“Converge” by helping digitize the book

Do you know that, combined, Arizona now has over 1,700 middle schools and high schools and many home schools, each with potential storytellers? Media exposure too-often lets the wrong people define Arizona, and Arizonans, so maybe it’s time to create page space for Arizona’s grade 7-12 authors–writers and artists–as well as language and media arts community experts.

Opportunities to incorporate content from 2015 Arizona Scholastic Art & Writing Awards entries

If you click the below links, check out YAA’s 2015 gallery widgets to see art and writing displayed from this year’s entries.

Arizona’s Scholastic Writing Awards home page: See all 252 Arizona Silver Key, Gold Key, and National Medalist works through the Best of AZ Teen Writing 2015 widget on the right-hand side of the web page.

Arizona’s Scholastic Art Awards home page: See all 56 Arizona Silver Key, Gold Key, and National Medalist works through the Best of AZ Teen Art 2015 widget on the right-hand side of the web page.

Previewing the 105 compositions you can contribute to this summer

Previewing Convergence‘s development, consider what 71 Young Authors of Arizona have to tell. Soon you’ll be able to click on the links below to read the work and participate by creating and using related lesson plans, as well as create and use related works, shared by Young Authors of Arizona with you.

Arizona Convergence |  editor introduction by Billy Gerchick

Convergence Camp publication

 

Convergence Camp Guide | by 2015 Convergence Camp authors

Calls to action

 

Enter the 2016 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards by December 16, 2015

So what language and media arts authorship will you submit to the Awards by Wednesday, December 16th, Arizona’s upload and postmark deadline for the 2016 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards?

Five steps to enter the 2016 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards:

1. Create your Scholastic Account

Students can begin creating 2016 art and writing works as early as desired; starting in mid-September, students and educators can register your accounts at: artandwriting.org/Registration.

2. Access, read, & share YAA’s 2015 participation materials

Anyone can go to YAArizona.org or YAA’s Scholastic Art & Writing Awards affiliate page to access, read, and share YAA’s 2016 Scholastic Writing Awards Participation Guide or its 2016 Scholastic Art Awards Guide. For display, print and post YAA’s “BLOOM!” classroom poster.

3. Submit your work(s) according to Awards category specifications

Because YAA now accepts entries for art and writing in 28 different Scholastic Awards categories, pay attention to category-specific submission requirements and remember to:

  1. Review category descriptions and guidelines.
  2. Revise, edit, and proofread your work.

Tech note: You can upload your work to the Awards and edit that work, without having to re-submit, until 9:59 MST on Wednesday, December 16th.

4. Print and complete each work’s entry form

In addition to completing account registration and submitting work, each student must:

  1. Print the submission form for each entry.
  2. Obtain required signatures from a teacher and guardian on each entry form. Guardian signatures are not required if the student is 18 years or older.

5. Mail forms and payment by December 16, 2015

Submission is complete once you mail your signed submission forms and payment (if applicable) and they are received by YAA. Please mail your envelope as soon as possible, but it must be postmarked by December 16th. Individual submission entries are as follows:

  • $5 per work (submit as many entries as desired)
  • $20 per portfolio submission (12th graders only)
  • Some students can qualify for a fee waiver

Benefits of entering the Awards and participating as mentors

  • Each submission is eligible for scholarships and an invitation to the national ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York.
  • Earn Honorable Mention, Silver Key, or Gold Key Certificate for the State of Arizona and an invite to YAA’s Scholastic Awards Ceremony in April of 2015.
  • Select Gold Key and Silver Key-winning compositions offered publication in the Best Arizona Teen Writing of 2016 book; 2016 “best of” art publication opportunities will also be available.
  • Educators can use Awards as a 1st semester tool for enrichment, PLC collaboration, and portfolio-based assessment of Common Core-aligned writing projects.
  • Educators earn professional development credit as a YAA volunteer judge, from home.
  • More benefits available, including YAA partnerships with other organizations.

Enter the Paradise Review competition by December XX, 2015

So what language and media arts authorship will you submit to the Awards by Wednesday, December 16th, Arizona’s upload and postmark deadline for the 2016 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards?

Five steps to enter the Paradise Review competition:

1. Create your Scholastic Account

Students can begin creating 2016 art and writing works as early as desired; starting in mid-September, students and educators can register your accounts at: artandwriting.org/Registration.

2. Access, read, & share YAA’s 2015 participation materials

Anyone can go to YAArizona.org or YAA’s Scholastic Art & Writing Awards affiliate page to access, read, and share YAA’s 2016 Scholastic Writing Awards Participation Guide or its 2016 Scholastic Art Awards Guide. For display, print and post YAA’s “BLOOM!” classroom poster.

3. Submit your work(s) according to Awards category specifications

Because YAA now accepts entries for art and writing in 28 different Scholastic Awards categories, pay attention to category-specific submission requirements and remember to:

  1. Review category descriptions and guidelines.
  2. Revise, edit, and proofread your work.

Tech note: You can upload your work to the Awards and edit that work, without having to re-submit, until 9:59 MST on Wednesday, December 16th.

4. Print and complete each work’s entry form

In addition to completing account registration and submitting work, each student must:

  1. Print the submission form for each entry.
  2. Obtain required signatures from a teacher and guardian on each entry form. Guardian signatures are not required if the student is 18 years or older.

5. Mail forms and payment by December 16, 2015

Submission is complete once you mail your signed submission forms and payment (if applicable) and they are received by YAA. Please mail your envelope as soon as possible, but it must be postmarked by December 16th. Individual submission entries are as follows:

  • $5 per work (submit as many entries as desired)
  • $20 per portfolio submission (12th graders only)
  • Some students can qualify for a fee waiver

Benefits of entering the Awards and participating as mentors

  • Each submission is eligible for scholarships and an invitation to the national ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York.
  • Earn Honorable Mention, Silver Key, or Gold Key Certificate for the State of Arizona and an invite to YAA’s Scholastic Awards Ceremony in April of 2015.
  • Select Gold Key and Silver Key-winning compositions offered publication in the Best Arizona Teen Writing of 2016 book; 2016 “best of” art publication opportunities will also be available.
  • Educators can use Awards as a 1st semester tool for enrichment, PLC collaboration, and portfolio-based assessment of Common Core-aligned writing projects.
  • Educators earn professional development credit as a YAA volunteer judge, from home.
  • More benefits available, including YAA partnerships with other organizations.

Share your thoughts.

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: