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Historical fiction author talks to students about her writing process

Author Jennifer Roy signs her book for a Stillwater students
After author Jennifer Roy's presentation, many students stayed to further discuss her novel, Yellow Star," and to get her autograph.

May 9, 2013 – After reading the historical fiction novel "Yellow Star" in class, Stillwater eighth-grade students had the opportunity to ask the author, Jennifer Roy, questions about her writing process face-to-face.

During the presentation Roy talked about how her Aunt Sylvia, a survivor of the Holocaust, revealed her story of survival after 50 years of silence. Her aunt was one of only 12 children (of thousands) who survived the Lodz Ghetto in 1945.

Roy told students that she recorded the conversations with her aunt, and then organized her story using index cards. She openly shared some of the challenges of becoming a published author, such as debating which point of view to tell the story from. Roy also talked about using literary devices to strengthen effect, such as using similes, metaphors, imagery and symbolism, which eighth graders often incorporate into their own written work.

Lastly, Roy reminded students that a story worth sharing may exist for each of them when they least expect it, as the story of "Yellow Star" emerged for her.



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