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Reno teacher wins contest for aspiring writers
by Tribune Staff
Mar 11, 2012 | 1742 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
RENO — Julianne Dillard, a literature and writing teacher at the Davidson Academy and an aspiring young adult novelist, has won a writing contest sponsored by the literacy charity Book Wish Foundation.

To promote its new anthology, “What You Wish For,” proceeds from which support library development in Darfuri refugee camps in Chad, Africa, the Book Wish Foundation asked readers to write essays about the short stories in the book. Dillard’s essay about “The Rules for Wishing” has won her a manuscript critique by the story’s renowned author, Francisco X. Stork.

Dillard’s winning essay compares the compassion shown in the story by one teenage resident of a group home for another with the public’s support for the Darfuri refugees. Nearly 285,000 Darfuris from neighboring Sudan live in 12 refugee camps in eastern Chad.

“In her essay ‘On Wishing to Be Like Sherry B,’ Dillard elegantly and powerfully captures the connection between our natural instinct to wish and hope and how this instinct not only survives but must be preserved in the presence of the harshest of realities,” Stork said of the teacher’s response to his book.

Now Dillard, a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, gets to have an acclaimed author provide feedback on her novel-in-progress.

The essay contest involved six of the 12 short stories in “What You Wish For,” which were contributed by some of the bestselling and most highly honored writers for young adults and children.

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