By Connor Beach
Local author Lois Stern is looking to expand her collection of inspiring stories with the announcement that she is accepting submissions for two new books that will focus on the accomplishments of teachers and students.
Stern, of Halesite, has always loved inspiring stories, and in 2013 she launched the Tales2Inspire series. The six books series is filled with stories written by self-inspired authors that Stern has edited and compiled into books with similar themes.
A longtime educator in the Kings Park School District, Stern used her teaching background to set up a project to “help authors get better at their craft.”
“I thought there must be a lot of talented authors out there who are not being given a chance,” Stern said.
Stern put out a request for inspiring stores in a newsletter, and soon writers from around the country, and as far away as Australia, were submitting short stories for Stern to consider at no cost.
Stern used an online feedback system to decide which winning stories would be selected for publication in the Tales2Inspire books, but all the writers received valuable feedback to help improve their work.
“Almost everyone appreciated the critiques and went ahead and improved their stories,” Stern said.
Now the retired teacher had decided to select a new theme for the Tales2Inspire series that is near and dear to her. Stern has decided to compile two new books about “high impact stories” that relate to education.
For the first book, Stern is looking for inspiring stories from teachers or retired teachers about how they have made a difference in the life of one child.
The second education themed book will consist of stories from high impact kids, students Stern described as “kind-hearted, resourceful or mover and shaker types,” who are making a difference in the lives of others.
“This year, especially with what is going on with education and in schools, I decided I wanted to do impact stories about students and teachers who are making an impact,” Stern said.
The deadline for teachers and students to submit is around the end of June, Stern said. Stories can be submitted at firstname.lastname@example.org or online at Tales2inspire.com/contest.