Spin Time contest: Stories from senior citizens

Coweta County youngsters are going to talking to their grandparents and other seniors they know during the next few weeks.

The Coweta Public Library System and the Moreland Cultural Arts Alliance are again sponsoring the Spin Time Fall Writing Competition. “We are celebrating folk-tales, the tradition of passing stories from one generation to another,” said Marie Vielot, library manager for the Senoia and Grantville branches.

“These tales are fun and often fictional,” Vielot added.

The stories collected and creatively written by Coweta students will be showcased at the Spin Time Storytelling Series Event Camp Tales. Camp Tales will be held Nov. 2 at the Moreland Mill.

MCAA and CPLS are invited young aspiring writers in Coweta County to enter the “My Folks Tell” Writing Contest, using real life stories to create legends and lore.

Vielot said participants should interview a person 60 years or older “about an event, a place, a memory, an occasion, or something important in that person’s life.” The student should then create a story based on that interview.

“You have the opportunity to write a humorous story, a scary story or an adventurous story,” Vielot said. She said it is important for entrants to write “a descriptive and reflective story” centered around a story told by a senior citizen.

The contest is open to Coweta students in grades 4-12. Stories should be a maximum of 500 words and must be submitted by Oct. 26.

First prize will be a Kindle Fire. There will be second and third place prizes, too.

Winning stories will be performed by a professional storyteller during the storytelling concert at the Camp Tales event Nov 2.

Electronic entries are encouraged and may be sent to: info@morelandadventure.com .

Postmarked entries must be mailed to The Grantville Branch 100 Park Drive Grantville, GA 30220. All entries must be submitted electronically dated or postmarked by midnight Oct. 26.

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