Saturday, November 22, 2008

NEWS ALERT: Young Writer, Teacher On Channel 30's Ct Newsmakers

[plz note: 2009 entry forms for the IMPAC-CSU System Young Writers competition have been mailed to all public, private and parochial secondary schools in CT;
the entry forms and a letter of encouragement from CSU System Chancellor Dr. David Carter have been posted at the Young Writers and CSU System Websites -- links follow below.]


2007 State Prose Champion Melanie Lieberman,*
now a senior at Rockville High School,
Victoria Nordlund,** English teacher and head of the department at Rockville High


NBC 30'S Connecticut Newsmakers With Tom Monahan,

Sunday, NOV. 30 @ 6:30 a.m.;
repeated @ about 9 p.m. on CT-N.

  • Tom Monahan

  • CT-N, The Connecticut Network

  • NBC30 WVIT, West Hartford, CT

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    Twelfth Annual
    IMPAC-Connecticut State University System Competition

    Sixteen $1,000 Prizes For Prose & Poetry

    State Champions In Prose & Poetry
    Awarded Trips To Ireland
    For 13th Annual International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award & Dublin Writers Festival

    NOTE: The program has given more than $166,000 to teen writers since 1998.



  • 07 JI Story




  • * Melanie Taryn Lieberman will be a keynote speaker and co-host a workshop for the June 2009 annual dinner.

    In addition to writing, she takes dance, piano, is in the poetry club, book club, cultural enrichment club, and is the editor of both the RHS Literary Arts magazine as well as the RHS Rampage newspaper. She is currently applying to Wesleyan University, Emerson College, Suffolk University, Hampshire College, and the University of Connecticut. Which ever school she attends, she knows without a doubt that she wants to major in creative writing and pursue a future in the exciting world of literature, publishing, and the written word. In addition to winning IMPAC for prose in 2007, Melanie has also won first place in the 2008 National Drexel Playwriting Competition, as well as been published in the CT Review, the CT Student Writer, the RHS Literary Magazine, and co-written the Vernon Bicentennial Play. She hopes that her writing can have the same poignant effect on someone that the writers she loves have had on her.

    Melanie's story, "Mashed Potato Boy & My Fifth Grade Romance," was published in the Spring 2008 edition of Connecticut Review, the literary journal of the Connecticut State University System.

  • Connecticut Review

  • ** Victoria Nordlund is the department head of English at Rockville High School in Vernon, CT where she has been teaching English for eighteen years. She received her BS in Education from the University of Connecticutin 1990, and in 1999 received her MALS from Wesleyan University.

    She currently advises the Rockville High School Poetry Club and Book Club. She has organized many poetry coffeehouses and poetry slams. In addition,Victoria has developed the creative writing program at RHS. Many of her students have won prestigious national and state poetry and prose competitions. They have inspired her to continue her own craft.

    This year, she was named a finalist in the 2008 NEATE New England Poet of the Year contest.

    is an international productivity enhancement firm run by James B. Irwin Sr. (pictured above) of Litchfield, owner of the Litchfield Inn. IMPAC and the Connecticut State University System are the primary sponsors of the Young Writers' program, which is also supported by many banks, real estate firms, law firms and other businesses throughout Connecticut.

    More than $166,000 in cash prizes has been awarded to high school students since the program's inception in 1998.

    Some of Vicky Nordlund's Students:

    COUNTY [$1,000] WINNERS


    Tolland - Poetry Kelly Berryman, Rockville High School

    Tolland - Prose Molly LaFlesh, Rockville High School

    Tolland - Poetry Molly LaFlesh, Rockville High School
    Tolland - Prose Fallon VanOudenhove, Rockville High School


    Tolland - Poetry Hannah Ojard, Rockville High School
    Tolland - Prose Melanie Lieberman, Rockville High School*** State Champion


    Tolland - Poetry Rachel Brady, Rockville High School
    Tolland - Prose Kathryn Johndrow, Rockville High School


    Our View:
    Young writers should be encouraged

    Norwich Bulletin
    Posted Nov 15, 2008 @ 12:00 AM

    In this age of rapidly advancing technology, text messaging has become the norm in written communication. And with that, words have been reduced to simplified initialization. Sharing a laugh with someone is nothing more than a notation — LOL.

    Lost is the beauty of conveying thoughts and feelings by stringing together words whose meanings cannot be translated into just mere symbols and letters. Lost is the reward of writing.

    That’s why we are pleased to support the Connecticut Young Writers program, an annual literary awards competition for students ages 13 to 18. Sponsored by the Connecticut State University System and IMPAC (Improved Management Profitability and Control), a management productivity consulting firm, the program is in its 12th year of encouraging and rewarding excellence in writing, and inspiring young people to develop their writing talents.

    Time with peers
    More than $166,000 in prizes has been awarded to teen writers since 1998. But more importantly, the recognition has encouraged these young writers to pursue their talent.

    Two students from each of Connecticut’s eight counties will be awarded $1,000 prizes for their prose or poetry writing at regional award ceremonies hosted by local state universities. From this select group of 16 teens, the two best works will earn their authors a trip to Dublin, Ireland, where they will join winners from around the world at the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award program, the largest international monetary prize program for a single work of fiction.

    It is an opportunity for young people dedicated to writing to experience the rewards available for their work.

    Students, in private or public schools, are eligible but must be nominated by teachers in order to submit entries. We would urge all of Eastern Connecticut’s teachers to encourage their students to consider this opportunity. All entries must be postmarked by Feb. 2, 2009.

    On the Web: Entry forms and additional information on the program can be obtained online at or

    IMPAC-Connecticut State University
    Young Writers Trust

    231 Beach St.Litchfield, CT 06759
    * 800-814-6931 * Fax- 860-567-9119

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