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The Storyteller Within: Homeschooled Fiction Writers

Vol. 86, Prg. 6–10
November 17–21, 2008

Is your student an author-in-the-making? This week, several homeschool graduates and a best-selling author join Mike Smith to discuss the advantages and challenges of being a homeschooled writer—and what resources and opportunities could make a difference to your child’s writing.

Program Listing:

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I’ve Got to Write!
Literary Dragons
Finding a Writing Mentor
Cultivating the Golden Pen
Prepare for Takeoff


Sandy Sekerak
A homeschool graduate, Sandy Sekerak received her bachelor’s degree in creative writing at Patrick Henry College in 2005. Since then, she has encouraged and ministered to families, homeschoolers, and young writers. Currently, she is fulfilling these desires by tutoring 5th- and 6th-graders in the humanities and language arts for Veritas Classical School, an organization that partners with home educators to help teach their children. Sandy also enjoys babysitting, reading classics, and spending time with her parents at her home in Huntsville, Alabama.

Peter Forbes

Peter Forbes Toby Dubin David Aikman
Peter Forbes grew up homeschooled near the little town of Dinosaur, Colorado. After graduating from high school, he enrolled at Patrick Henry College and is now a senior literature major. He is also the chief executive officer of PHC’s film club, Streaming Media Network, and has initiated PHC’s first national short story competition, “A Call to Pens.” After earning his undergraduate degree, Forbes hopes to write and publish quality, God-honoring fiction, while pursuing his interests in filmmaking and the arts, civics, and earning a subsistent income.

Tobin Duby
Tobin Duby lives in Culpeper, Virginia. He is currently studying liberal arts at Patrick Henry College, where he focuses on creative projects, with a particular interest in screenwriting. He is interested in mythology and science fiction, English and Japanese drama, and hopes to use his education to write innovative stories as a Christian in Hollywood.

Dr. David Aikman
Dr. David Aikman is an award-winning print and broadcast journalist, a best-selling author, and a foreign policy consultant. For over 23 years, Dr. Aikman was a correspondent for Time magazine, reporting from four continents and 55 countries on nearly all the major historical events of the time. He has written nine books and co-authored four, including the new analytical biography of the great evangelist Billy Graham (Billy Graham: His Life and Influence, Thomas Nelson, 2006), and the ground-breaking Jesus in Beijing: How Christianity Is Transforming China and Changing the World Balance of Power (Regnery, 2003). His second novel, QI, was released in 2005.

Dr. Aikman is a professor of history at Patrick Henry College in Virginia, where he also coaches young writers. For more biographical information, visit his website.

Program Offer

Patrick Henry College offers a writing mentor program for high school students. Mentors provide guidance for either fiction or nonfiction writing. To find out how your student can be mentored by an older writer, click the link above.

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