“Why do I need to read Moby Dick? I’m going to be a professional writer, not a professional find-a-reoccurring-motif-er. What?! Now you want me to write a three-page paper about how Melville incorporates hands? And take a grammar quiz tomorrow?? It’s NOVEMBER. I have to write 50,000 words for my novel. You are STIFLING my ENERGY and KILLING my PLOT LINE! I’m dropping out of school to smoke clove cigarettes and wander from coast to coast with only a fountain pen and a Moleskine.”
Does this sound familiar? If so, join us for a group author chat next week: “Forget English Class, What I Really Want to Do Is Write!”
In Lauren McLaughlin‘s new dystopian novel, Scored, teens are monitored constantly in an effort to calculate their “scores.” Where you sit at lunch. Who you’re friends with. The scores of those friends. It all contributes to that all-important, defining statistic.
How much do tests, grades, and academic accomplishment matter to you? Will the writing you do in class ever help you in your quest to be a real, live, published author some day? Why don’t we ask the experts, hmmmm?
To get the conversation going, we asked Lauren and her friend Scott Westerfeld (Uglies? Leviathan? Maybe you’ve heard of him?) to take the essay section of the SAT. Their responses were graded, blind, by a test-prep professional (which is different than being graded by a blind test-prep professional)—and we’ll be publishing their scores and assessments right here! How well would a bestselling author do on the SAT? Watch this space to find out.
Then, Lauren and Scott will be joined by David Levithan (author of Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist and Will Grayson, Will Grayson) and Robin Wasserman (author of the Cold Awakening Series) for a moderated group chat about the relationship between academics and creative writing on December 8 at 7:00 p.m. ET, right here on our blog.
The authors will be taking questions from the audience, about both school and writing in general. Only the best questions will make it in front of the panel, so start crafting your excellent queries now.
Join us HERE for a sure-to-be rousing time! As a parting gift, we can arbitrarily assign a letter grade to you. Are you reading this right now? A+.