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How to Write a Yearbook Story


Yearbooks are a great way for students to remember their school days. High school yearbooks feature individual pictures of students. College yearbooks might not feature individual student pictures, but they are used by students after graduation to remember their school days. Whether it's a college or high school yearbook, they often have stories written by individuals with a certain perspective on school life. They can be written by students, teachers or other school personnel. They're a great way to personalize the yearbook.

Talk to teachers and students and think about any large activity that involved a large number of students, such as a homecoming dance. You want to have as many students as possible to connect with the story so it should be an activity they're familiar with.

Outline your story idea in a notebook. You should have three sections in your story: the opening, the middle and the ending. Each section of the story will have its own characteristics. Your opening will present what the story is about, who was involved, where it took place and why it came about. Your middle section will be a time line of events, including as many people as possible to engage as many readers as possible. The ending will summarize the story and present some concluding thoughts.

Write a rough draft of your story. It's important to get the story down on paper. Worry about edits and grammar in subsequent drafts.

Revise your story. Read it through thoroughly, checking for grammar mistakes and opportunities to make it better with specifics and character or place details. Have friends and family read through it and make suggestions.

Print a polished draft of the story. This is the last chance to check for any last-minute errors that crept into the story. Read through it one last time very slowly.

Submit your yearbook story to the yearbook staff.

Tip
  • Keep your yearbook story as short as possible so that readers don't lose interest.
Warning
  • Once in print, your yearbook story can't be modified so be careful about what you write about people.
Items you will need
Notebook
Pen
About the Author

Doug Hewitt has been writing for over 20 years and has a Master of Arts from University of North Carolina-Greensboro. He authored the book "The Practical Guide to Weekend Parenting," which includes health and fitness hints for parents. He and his wife, Robin, are coauthors of the "Free College Resource Book."

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