November Newsletter 2019

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November Newsletter 2019
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The Story Mint is a vibrant and inspirational community of writers who celebrate one another's successes. 



We were proud to present Stylefit™ and its  benefits for online learners at the Computer Studies for High Schools (CS4HS) Conference, held at Auckland University of Technology, November 2019.  
With Stylefit™ as key sponsor of the event, Suraya presented to the main auditorium of delegates. The presentation featured photographs of New Zealand students from Western Heights School and Waiuku College, using Stylefit™ technology in-class.

It concluded with playing the Stylefit™ video, showing wonderful users around the world.

Conference goers were given the opportunity to submit their writing for a personal on-screen analysis. Click on this link to see the tutorial online 

We are indebted to Dr Danny Cheng and Dr Philip Zhang of Callaghan Innovation, New Zealand who prepared Stylefit™ user technology specifically for the conference. We also acknowledge Jillian de Beer who, through innovative design, captured the essence of Stylefit™. Anna Zhigareva, based at Edinburgh University, Scotland was key in ensuring a quality writer’s experience by editing feedback scripts. 
Mostly, we thank the schools for their exceptional support. We look forward to continuing to work with them.
Thank you all those who participated. We are incredibly grateful. We look forward to sharing our on-going developments for an exciting future.

Self-directed learning turns into more engaged learning.



On our list of serials there are many that stand out so we've decided to highlight a couple for this issue. Time Travel was a Ray Stone special set in 1851. The serial jumps through time zones to The Beatles then to the age of selling water in bottles and the serious consequences of climate change. There is some magical writing in this serial like Linda Alley's wry observation that "it seemed human nature had not altered over the years."

Sweetness by Ken Burns was also an unforgettable story where restorative justice is examined in a number of ways, all perspectives are reasonable but at odds with one another. Then in the end comes the realisation that love is about being honest with oneself as well as those around us. Two fabulous serials. 

Once again, thank you for your support, and happy writing.

The Story Mint team



Here's one of them.

Hold the reader’s attention. (This is likely to work better if you can hold your own.) But you don’t know who the reader is, so it’s like shooting fish with a slingshot in the dark. What ­fascinates A will bore the pants off B.

Margaret Atwood