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UPDATED: Wed., July 5, 2017, 10:49 p.m.

Writing program helps traumatized veterans heal

Nichols, a Vietnam veteran and retired managing editor of the East Oregonian, had cobbled together the words during a Red Badge Project writing workshop and later agreed to share them …


Outdoor writing: Lake Cabin story wins 2016 contest

A story by Kate Kuntz, a home-schooled junior from Chattaroy, has been judged the best of 68 entries to win The Spokesman-Review’s 2016 Outdoor Writing Contest for high school students.


Outdoor writing contest geared to high school students

It’s time for high schoolers to begin thinking about fame, fortune and the great outdoors. The Spokesman-Review once again is joining the Outdoor Writers Association of America in sponsoring contests …


Doctors recognizing that reading, writing can be therapeutic

‘I really didn’t believe I would make it through childhood, but the act of writing brought me through.” Allison Adelle Hedge Coke’s voice is whispery on the other end of …


Top teen stories in the 2014 Outdoor Writing Contest

A story by Keely Liles, a junior at Mead High School, has been judged the best of 85 entries to win The Spokesman-Review’s 2014 Outdoor Writing Contest for high school …


Outdoors writing winner: Paddle Tap

Through fourth and fifth grades I had seen the pictures and heard the stories. Now it was my turn. Olympic Park Institute was the field trip of all field trips …


Outdoor writing runner-up: Purple for the Soul

The huckleberry, for the rare Northwesterner who is oblivious to its existence, is a small, violet fruit. As legend has it, the huckleberry is untamable, an elusive entity incapable of …


Outdoor writing runner-up: Divine to the Ear

Nine Hawaiian days spent on Maui with my best friend Morghan and her mom were filled with sunshine, salt, sand, smoothies and smiles that got carried away with the wind …


Outdoor writing runner-up: Boating a Bass

Blue-green shadows play across the rough cement of


Vestal stunned at winning literary prize

H e thought for sure Anthony Marra was going to win, for his “freaking amazing” book “A Constellation of Vital Phenomena.” “I was not sitting there thinking, ‘I wonder if …


Writers, visual artists team up for Verbatim

It’s an art experiment: Mix two creative types, and see what happens. Spokane is invited to observe the results Saturday at Verbatim, part gallery show and part stage show by …


In brief: Recreation areas reopen to public after wildfires

As crews continue to harness wildfires in the Methow Valley region of northcentral Washington, the U.S. Forest Service has been able to reopen more recreation areas this week. Most backcountry …


Personal experiences with prejudice inform Divakaruni’s work

Chitra Divakaruni can laugh now about the people who shouted at her in public after 9/11. “Go back to Iraq!” they’d holler, or some similar jeer. But the aggression was …


Spokane ‘texture’ comes through in ‘Shorties’

Kevin Taylor has a theory: Everybody in Spokane has a story about living here, one of those “only in Spokane” tales that, OK, could happen elsewhere but that seem so …


Downtown art, writing hub Ink aims to build community

The narrow art space at Ink is mostly empty for now, old brick walls and wood floors illuminated by strings of shop lights. Mismatched chairs line the walls, and a …


Spokane Public Schools overhauls reading, writing program

A dip in reading test scores among younger students is driving Spokane Public Schools back to basics. The state’s second-largest school district will begin teaching cursive writing again, for example. …


Pockets of prose

Twenty years before she died, Kathryn Rantala’s sister wrote 20 pages covering the history of her life. Excerpts:


Landers column goes hog wild

Human beings would have gone the way of the dodo without critters. Along with suffering through evolution shivering, starving and lonesome, we also would have been at a loss for …


Landers goes hog wild with column

Animal-based phrases are rooted in our language. They have become clichés hawk-eyed editors delete. Nevertheless, the public continues to pass them through the generations.


Winners named in 2012 High School Outdoor Writing Contest

A story by Kyle Hansen, a junior at West Valley High School, has been judged the best of 214 entries to win The Spokesman-Review’s 2012 Outdoor Writing Contest for high …


Outdoor Writing Contest: Superfund time on the Duwamish

There’s no bonding experience quite like a father-son fishing trip. I recall canoeing in Z Canyon with Dear Old Dad, interrupted by nothing but the distant hush of the falls, …


Outdoor Writing Contest: Memory slope

I just woke up Too excited to change


Outdoor Writing Contest: Detail’s in the Devils

In eighth-grade earth science we learned all about mountains. Sitting on top of the molten core of the Earth, continent-sized tectonic plates drift imperceptibly due to currents in the magma …


Citizen journalist class being offered

The Spokesman-Review and the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University will provide a one-day training workshop in February for qualified rural journalists and citizen bloggers in …


The draw of the unknowable

The story of Sir John Franklin’s doomed 19th-century expedition in search of the Northwest Passage is full of mysteries. The last thing novelist Gregory Spatz wanted to do was solve …


Annual Outdoor Writing Contest open to high schoolers

It’s time for high schoolers to begin thinking about fame, fortune and the great outdoors. The Spokesman-Review is again joining the Outdoor Writers Association of America in sponsoring a contest …


Book Notes: Get Lit!, Big Read big hits

The Get Lit! and Big Read numbers are in, and they’re impressive: • An estimated attendance of 3,000 for Get Lit!’s 50-plus events.


Teacher/writer creates character that reflects self

Coug Hawkins is a 15-year-old kid who knows how to keep his cool and handle a gun like a pro. He even has his own bumper sticker that reads: “Who …


Idaho high schoolers tops in annual Outdoor Writing Contest

A story by Brook Tingey, a junior at Lakeland High School in Rathdrum, has been judged the best of 299 entries to win The Spokesman-Review’s 2010 Outdoor Writing Contest for …


Math, reading gap among Native American students

Native American students at schools overseen by the federal Bureau of Indian Education performed significantly worse on national standardized tests in reading and math compared with those in public schools.