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      Students learn importance of imagination

      Three thousand students from Marquette and Alger school districts will hear from children's author Marissa Moss this week, a children's book author from California who is in the U.P. to talk about the importance of reading, writing, and artwork.

      She's trying to convey to the kids that they can take any idea and turn it into a story.

      "Writing is thinking. Because writing is critical thinking, and if you learn how to write, you will be a much better thinker. And because reading is your access into a whole world--if you don't read a lot, you're not a knowledgeable person. You don't have other experiences," said Moss.

      Moss also went over the entire process of story writing, everything from creating a storyboard to concocting the perfect ending. Then she let the students be the authors, asking them to come up with characters, a plot, and ending while she illustrates it all.

      "Hopefully they get inspired and they feel like this is a wonderful, certainly wonderful profession. But also just the reading, the process of reading will lead them to all sorts of wonderful things in the future," said parent Nell Kupper.

      Moss has written over 50 children's books, and her most popular is Amelia's Notebook.