Two Harlem Academy Students Named Winners in Writing Contest

Thursday, May 16, 2013
Grade-seven students Jose and Ryan will each have a story published in an upcoming collection curated by author Peter J. Murray.
Peter J. Murray speaks with Harlem Academy students. Last week, the Carmel Hill Fund and Mr. Murray announced the 12 winners of the Spooky Writing Contest. Students from 42 schools in New York City participated, and two of the winning stories were written by Harlem Academy students. The aim of the contest was to give students the opportunities to develop writing skills, use their imaginations to create strong stories, and to publish work.
The book will be released this summer and is set to include 13 short stories, one by Mr. Murray with the other 12 written by students. The winners will work closely with Mr. Murray to edit their pieces, learning the steps required to publish a book.
In conjunction with the announcement, Mr. Murray and his wife, Mrs. Kath Murray, visited Harlem Academy. He spoke with middle school students for an hour and answered questions about his books and the writing process.
"The chance to sit with an author of books you have enjoyed and ask him questions is rare," said Vinny Dotoli, Harlem Academy head of school. "And the opportunity to publish a story is one that many adults never have. We are grateful to Mr. and Mrs. Murray and the Carmel Hill Fund for these exciting experiences."
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