Rocky Mountain Christian Academy fourth-graders Caitlin Rose, left, and Taylor Vandenburg compare signatures after having books signed by Avi, seated
Rocky Mountain Christian Academy fourth-graders Caitlin Rose, left, and Taylor Vandenburg compare signatures after having books signed by Avi, seated behind them at a table. (Lewis Geyer, Longmont Times-Call)

Students at Rocky Mountain Christian Academy in Niwot learned about good writing from an expert.

Acclaimed children's book author Avi spoke to students in grades 4-10 Wednesday morning, sharing both personal stories and advice for aspiring writers.

"This is the whole secret of writing: Writers don't write writing. They write reading," he told students during the hour-long lecture in the church auditorium.

Rather than handing a story to someone for review, he instructed students to read it aloud, pen in hand, and edit based on feedback.

Avi, the pen name for Edward Wortis, has published 73 children's books. Two of his books won Newbery Honors, and "Crispin: The Cross of Lead" earned the Newbery Medal in 2003.

Read more of the article Acclaimed author Avi tells tale of how he became a writer at TimesCall.com.


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