The 2011 Bob Costas grant for the innovative teaching of writing sponsored by the College Board.  
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"I can't stop rewriting my second chapter!"
Comment by: Jeremiah Miller, student

"I liked the way they had humor in their critiques..." (response to having a professional edit and critique session)
Comment by: Keaton Byers, student

" Mr. Dyer, I'm already rewriting..." (response to concerns the day after a tough critique)
Comment by: Bridgette Sutter, student

"It was good to have their insight and reassurance to keep going." (response after the agent’s manuscript critique workshop)
Comment by: Christy Jersin, student

"It's relaxing and a release from the stress of school life and the pressure of home life - to get lost in our own world of intrigue."
Comment by: Bridgette Sutter, student

"It's let me expand my imagination. It's shown me who I truly am, because each of my characters is a part of me."
Comment by: Nick Gines, student

"Our characters are coming to life so easily it's kind of scary."
Comment by: Michelle Wilkerson, student

"My perspective changed when I learned the realities of writing a novel come from passion and inspiration, not just the idea of writing."
Comment by: Christy Jersin, student

"You have to dig into your soul and your environment to access inspiration."
Comment by: Corey Patz, student

"I thought it would be a lot easier. Everyone would see my talent and appreciate my creativity. Knowing the realities now, I know what to expect. In the end, I created that and no one can take it away, and that's pretty cool."
Comment by: Felicia, student

"Writers Fusion is the perfect combination of great teaching and creative endeavor.  Three authors with a lot of experience have found a way to encourage young writers to be more ambitious, more collaborative, more dynamic in the writing of real novels.  At the same time, they have created a model of encouragement for teachers across the nation.  Who says a high school student can’t be a professional writer?  Not these three!  WF is destined to become a major national contribution to both literature and education."
- David Mason, Colorado Poet Laureate, Colorado College Professor and award winning author.

"The Writers Fusion project offers a grassroots writing initiative created by dedicated public school educators with lots of street ‘cred’ and lots of moxie.  It offers exciting new possibilities for writing teachers everywhere who want a fresh well-conceived approach that can help students engage with the written word.  And the enthusiasm is infectious.  If only such a project had been around during my own high school days – I would have taken writing more seriously decades earlier!”
- Mark Todd, Western State Writing Professor and published author.
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