SPARTA, NJ – English students at Sparta High School will have the opportunity to learn about writing from a published author.  Dan Chiariello, author of The Man in the Black Fur Coat will be visiting the school on Friday, Oct. 16.

Students in Danielle Kopp’s sophomore honors classes and Jamie Barker’s Creative Writing class will discuss the creative process as Chiariello shares his journey to transform a World War II soldier’s journal into the non-fiction story sub-titled A Soldier’s Adventures on the Eastern Front.”

The book’s introduction begins, ““Family legend had it that Oskar Scheja was part of the campaign on the Eastern Front, had been captured by the Russians and escaped from a POW camp….This record of my great uncle’s experiences will enhance our understanding of events and conditions on the Eastern Front in World War II. Most of all I hope this story inspires you to renew your interest in your own family’s history. Listen to the stories. Write them down. Don’t allow them to be lost and forgotten.”

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Kopp is very excited for her students to engage with Chiariello, “The opportunity for students to interact with a published author will give them insight into the writing world. They will leave with a deeper appreciation of the craft of writing and some may even have the courage to embark on their own writing journey.”

“Perhaps Mr. Chiariello will inspire these students of literature and writing to explore their own stories and venture into the creation of memoirs and personal narratives,” said English Supervisor Mary Hassenplug.