High school senior says writing book will improve student grades
Aaron Hanania will sign copies of his new book at an event on Thursday, October 25, 2018, at the Oak Lawn Library from 6 pm until 8 pm, and discuss how young students can become better students through disciplined writing and storytelling.
A writing project that ended up in his first published novel has become the cornerstone of a suburban Chicagoland high school seniors’ campaign to encourage other students to see writing as a means to achieve their educational goals.
First-time novelist Aaron Hanania said that after recognizing the importance of writing at an early age to achieve consistently higher grades, he decided to launch a speaking tour to promote the importance of writing to help other students.
Hanania, 17, who this Fall began his senior year at Sandburg High school in suburban Chicago Orland Park, has maintained a straight A average since 5th Grade, in a large part, he says, because he recognized the importance of telling a story over the process of writing.
“Writing should be about telling a story, an accurate story when non-fiction and a compelling story when fiction. Too often we focus only on the mechanics of writing and that holds us back,” said Hanania, 17, whose father covered Chicago City Hall in the 1970s through the 1990s.
“My dad encouraged me to write in a journal using pen and paper rather than keyboards and technology. That helped me focus on the substance of the story I was writing rather than on the mechanics of the process of writing. I think young people spend too much time worrying about how to write rather than what to write, and instead of exploring their creative side end up struggling to write.”
Once you define the story and the content, the writing becomes easier and technology becomes an asset.
This past summer, Hanania penned two novels, one that he published earlier this year, a Science Fiction mystery thriller called “The King’s Pawn.” He wrote both of the manuscripts using his iPhone 6.
“The King’s Pawn” takes readers into a world in which the norms of human dignity and life breach the extremes of life.
A scientist creates a revolutionary experiment, The King’s Pawn, in which the participants are unaware of the roles that they play in what is expected to be a literally “perfect world.” The scientist soon discovers her “methodically controlled society” creates unforeseen tensions and ominous uncertainty for the unknowing participants, but brings the scientist unimaginable profits, fame and power.
But what the scientist doesn’t expect is that the power of human curiosity can overcome any barrier, experimental boundaries or expectations. Two children in “The King’s Pawn” play a critical role after discovering that they have unrestricted control over the experiment’s outcome.
The future of this unusual experiment rests in their hands, creating thrilling and unexpected consequences.
“Once I started writing and focused on the story content rather than on the structure, the story just poured out,” said the first-time novelist. “It forced me to read and reread the story over and over again as I went back and corrected grammar, typos, sentence structure.”
Hanania maintains a blog at www.Aaron411News.com and like many young people today also has a Youtube channel where he takes writing beyond the written word to a visual presentation at www.Aaron411.com.
Aaron is the son of award-winning Palestinian American columnist and author Ray Hanania.
Author Signing Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018
Location: Oak Lawn Library, 9427 Raymond Ave, Oak Lawn, IL 60453
Time: 6 to 8 pm
Copies of the book will be available for purchase
Ray Hanania is an award winning political and humor columnist who analyzes American and Middle East politics, and life in general. He is an author of several books.
"I write about three topics, the Middle East, politics and life in general. I often take my life experiences and offer them in an entertaining way to readers, and I take on the toughest topics like the Israel-Palestine conflict and don't pull any punches about what I feel is fair. But, my priority is always about writing the good story."
Hanania covered Chicago Politics and Chicago City Hall from 1976 through 1992. Hanania began writing in 1975 when he published The Middle Eastern Voice newspaper in Chicago (1975-1977). He later published “The National Arab American Times” newspaper which was distributed through 12,500 Middle East food stores in 48 American States (2004-2007).
Hanania writes weekly columns on Middle East and American Arab issues for the Arab News in Saudi Arabia as the Special US Correspondent for the Arab News at www.ArabNews.com, the TheArabDailyNews.com, www.TheDailyHookah.com and at SuburbanChicagoland.com. He has also published weekly columns in the Jerusalem Post newspaper, YNetNews.com, Newsday Newspaper in New York, the Orlando Sentinel Newspapers, and the Arlington Heights Daily Herald.
Palestinian, American Arab and Christian, Hanania’s parents originate from Jerusalem and Bethlehem.
Hanania is the recipient of four (4) Chicago Headline Club “Peter Lisagor Awards” for Column writing. In November 2006, he was named “Best Ethnic American Columnist” by the New American Media. In 2009, Hanania received the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Writing from the Society of Professional Journalists. He is the recipient of the MT Mehdi Courage in Journalism Award. He was honored for his writing skills with two (2) Chicago Stick-o-Type awards from the Chicago Newspaper Guild. In 1990, Hanania was nominated by the Chicago Sun-Times editors for a Pulitzer Prize for his four-part series on the Palestinian Intifada.
His writings have also been honored by two national Awards from ADC for his writing, and from the National Arab American Journalists Association.
The managing editor of Suburban Chicagoland Online News website www.SuburbanChicagoland.com, Hanania's columns also appeare in the Southwest News Newspaper Group of 8 newspapers.
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