Steinbeck Young Authors
The Steinbeck Young Authors program, which begins its 16th year in the fall of 2018, presents an opportunity for middle school students to explore the pleasures of writing. It encourages students to enhance their skills by reading and responding to “The Gift,” the first story in John Steinbeck’s The Red Pony.
Steinbeck Young Authors provides teachers with a curriculum designed to enhance students’ writing skills through activities focused on The Red Pony. After completing the curriculum, teachers nominate student finalists for the Day of Writing, which connects students with community professionals acting as writing coaches. Students spend the day at the National Steinbeck Center working with coaches to write an essay in response to thematic prompts from The Red Pony. Students also participate in quick, fun educational activities throughout the Center. They learn about horse care, storytelling, and John Steinbeck himself through various Day of Writing activities.
Approximately 3,500 students from twelve public and private middle schools across Monterey County participated in the 2017-2018 Steinbeck Young Authors program. This enthusiastic group of young authors joined over 40,000 local students who participated in the program over the past fifteen years.
SYA 2018-2019 Materials
- SYA Origin History
- SYA Program Information 2018-19
- SYA Teacher Letter
- SYA Teacher Timeline
- SYA Teacher Participation Form, Online Participation Form
- SYA Student Nomination Form
- Teacher Workshop Flyer
- Day of Writing Event Flyer
- Award Ceremony Flyer
- Participant Awards & Recognition Info
- Participant Recognition Certificate
- Curriculum Resource: Curriculum Guide
- Curriculum Resource: Vocabulary
- Curriculum Resource: Digital Version of “The Gift”
- Curriculum Resource: Past Student Papers
If you have questions, would like to register your class for the 2018-2019 Program, or would like to volunteer as a Writing Coach, please email the Education Coordinator Julie Minnis: email@example.com
Special thanks to our sponsors for their generous support: