Students at Northside High School in Roanoke, Va., are among the first in the nation to participate in a program that uses the internet to connect high school students with professional writers. Called the Writers in Electronic Residency program, the aim of the project is to help the students improve their writing by working with published authors as well as classroom teachers.

The online writing program was created in Canada in 1988 to link professional writers with students and teachers in classrooms across Canada. This is the first year that high schools in Virginia have participated in the


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