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Literary nonprofit publishes 2nd collection of Southland students' stories

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A student during an 826LA writing workshop. The literary group, started by novelist Dave Eggers, is unveiling a collection of writing by Los Angeles teenagers this week.

A literary group started by best-selling novelist Dave Eggers is unveiling a collection of writing by Los Angeles teenagers, the second of two released in under a week by 826LA.

Last Friday, they unveiled the book “A Ring of Sunshine Around the Moon.” Students at the Miguel Contreras Learning Center chose the title as a reference to how the teenage years, like a solar eclipse, can be dark and beautiful.

The book is a collection of students’ writing that came out of work with 826LA tutors. The goal was to improve students’ communication skills rather than turn students into novelists.

"We just want to encourage students to write," says executive director Joel Arquillos. "To write their stories and to realize that through hard work and writing multiple drafts and working with our volunteers that they too can write incredible stories and it’s really taking them through the process of writing."

The workshop has also published a chapter book titled “Like a Shadow Blocking My Light,” a collection of writing by students at Roosevelt High School.

Students wrote about justice and equity in the Boyle Heights neighborhood surrounding the campus.

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