Journeys 2016: An Anthology of Adult Student Writing

The cover of the new book Journeys: An Anthology of Adult Student Writing, 2016

Journeys 2016: An Anthology of Adult Student Writing will be available on May 26! In its 27th year, Journeys 2016 collects and showcases short written pieces by 600 Adult Basic Education learners from every corner of Minnesota and from more than 60 countries of origin. Their written pieces are personal, humorous, tragic, and inspirational. The essays, memories, and poems are about learners’ home countries, their journeys to America, family life, challenges and hardship, hopes and dreams, seasons and celebrations, culture and traditions, and education.

Journeys 2016 is a wonderful tool for your ABE classroom. Adult students in ESL, GED, college preparation, and basic skills classes relate to these real-life stories. Each piece is lightly edited in a way that does not interfere with authors' language levels and personal styles, allowing the writing to function as examples for student readers.

                Camila Silveira, a student from Maple Grove and one of this year’s authors, in her story, "Finding My Voice," recounts the difficulty she had learning to speak in English. Here is an excerpt from her piece:

In my first weeks here, I was terrified that people would talk to me and that I wouldn’t be able to answer. I felt afraid, shy about my accent, and forgot all the words that I knew before. I listened to people talking about subjects that I like, and I couldn’t give my opinion. I needed my husband’s help to do everything, even small things like ordering in a restaurant or answering the phone. I cried several times because I felt stupid and alone. I missed so much talking to other people and being understood . . . Day after day I feel a little more confident and less concerned. I start to talk more, even when I’m not so sure about the grammar or what word I need to use.

Inspiring stories like Camila’s offer adult students relevant material. Journeys 2016, a high-quality publication, is unique to Minnesota with few similar publications. The annual, dedicated anthology is printed in a small run and sells fast. With wide adult education appeal, the books are often purchased by volunteers, tutors, coordinators, and teachers, for learning activities and as gifts for their students.

The publication is $10 each with a pre-order 5% discount when you order by May 31, 2016 in addition to a 20% bulk order discount for orders of 20 books or more. Students can purchase Journeys for their personal use for $5. To learn more or to pre-order, visit mnliteracy.org/journeys, or call 651-645-2277. Learn more.

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