Building the Perfect Beast
Saturday, April 21 2012 @ 12:23 PM EDT
Contributed by: Admin
Many of our world's biggest successes have been the result of collaboration. Having a team of talented persons united around any common goal can produce formidible results! Some of the students at Cape Coral's Challenger Middle School are getting a first-hand lesson in the value of such collaborative efforts. Students at the school involved in the Creative Writing Club are working on a mystery novel! Writing any novel would be a major achievement for the group, but what makes their particular undertaking unique is how, exactly, all of the necessary collaboration is taking place. Thankfully, Greatest Cape has been provided the opportunity to faciliate the task, and the results are shaping up to be spectacular!
The creative writers at Challenger Middle School are not a particularly large group of students. However, what the group lacks in numbers they more than make up for with imagination. The development of their respective characters has been their primary focus during the project. As the different character's personna's have developed, so too, did the need to develop their relationships and relevance to one another. Witnessing this development has been a truly rewarding part of assisting in the process!
After initially being introduced to the group at Challenger last year, Greatest Cape saw an opportunity to be instrumental in the process. Creating a unique group of users was the first step in the process. Second, we created a new topic appropriately titled; Creative Writing. Once this was completed, the student writers began transferring their character's story development into their new online home. As this process continued, students had a chance to work collaboratively outside the opportunity which their bi-monthly meeting schedule alllowed.
Having the new freedom to develop their respective character's identities online proved to be only part of how we have been able to facillitate the task for the group. With the online text and advanced HTML editing capabilities, students could also format, justify and mark-up their copy as well as preview their edited parts immediately within a browser! According to the instructor for the Creative Writers, Ms. Kathy Donelan; "What Greatest Cape brought to our group was exactly what it needed when it needed it!"
As the novel moves closer towards being complete, we have begun to get more than a little excited. After a completed, edited copy of a working manuscript is generated, the work will be sent off to the publisher! While Greatest Cape is not at liberty to discuss the story presently, we hope to secure the rights to publish a sample chapter or two for our own readership! Having been created by some of the most creative young minds within our community, their forthcoming literary work will be a story not to be missed!