Had an author friend (Melinda Szymanik), come in to the class to read to my year 3's and 4's (7 and 8 year olds). Much to their delight, she read her award winning children's book, the Were-nana to them. We then had a story writing competition, the winner receiving their very own signed copy of the Were-nana (thanks Melinda!). It was won by Eva Colthart. Melinda then posted Eva's story onto her blog site. You should have seen Eva's face light up when she saw it! Makes teaching worthwhile - especially when children can see that there is a purpose to writing (for an audience, to be published, for the thrill etc etc) and that someone can actually have a job as a writer - that we're not just making them write narratives because we're mean and horrible.
For those who are interested, here's Eva's story (on Melinda's blog)
Phillip W. Simpson
Phillip W. Simpson is an author of YA and children's books.