Inspiring the next generation of writersHyde School students visit Courier Publications offices
Rockland — A group of high school students taking a summer creative writing course with the Hyde School in Bath visited The Courier-Gazette's offices July 11 to learn more about professional writing.
The class includes 11 students, most of them 17-year-olds going into their junior year. The students toured the newspaper office, learning about advertising, graphic design, research, photography and reporting.
They asked a number of good questions, including how newspapers are using the Internet, and what the future may be for news in print. The students were also surprised to learn that working for a newspaper involves not just dry, government reporting, but creative writing when doing people features and columns.
With the students were Hillary Kidwell, chairwoman of the English Department, and English teacher Tyler Plourde.
Kidwell noted that Hyde focuses not only on teaching academics, but helping students develop their character.
The tour was only a part of their field trip, which included a hike up Mt. Battie. They also met with best-selling Camden author Tess Gerritsen.