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Fisk Alum Authors Award-Winning Software

Posted By: Matasha Allen on December 20, 2005

Author Matasha W. Allen's fifteen Adventures of Fluffy the Turtle stories have been used to create personalized, animated computer software for children.

Ypsilanti, MI (PRWEB) December 9, 2005 -- In 2002, when someone left an advertisement for a writing internship in the lobby of the Harris Music Building at Fisk University(Nashville, TN), Matasha W. Allen, then an undergraduate music student, had no idea of what was about to take place.

"I thought it was odd that an advertisement for a writing intership would be in the lobby of the music building but I thought it would be a great opportunity to hone my writing skills," said Allen, now a graduate student at Eastern Michigan University. She had just penned her first book, "Come Off the Corner: Satan's No Longer Your ****!" (Infinity Publishing,2003) and was awaiting its publication. "I contacted Oscar Martin, Jr. and he told me that he needed an intern to write five children's stories." For Allen, it was an opportunity to write The Adventures of Fluffy the Turtle, a children's series she developed while employed at Kids Across America, a Christian sports camp in Golden, Missouri. Fluffy, the title character, was a nickname bestowed upon Allen by a coworker.

Allen learned a great deal about writing for children from that internship. Several months later, Martin contacted her again and requested ten additional stories written on three different reading levels. After she was compensated for her work, Allen and Martin lost contact. "The last time I corresponded with him, he told me that he was starting a business called Build Your Story, Inc.



That was the last I heard from him or the stories."

Recently, while "surfing the net" (browsing on the internet), Allen came across the Build Your Story website. The stories written by Allen are being used in three computerized children's series. According to Build Your Story, the software "takes your child on a personalized reading adventure through each story. The child is woven into the storyline, and becomes the star character, along with his/her friends and family members. The story is read to the child by one of our professional staff on the CD, so they hear familiar names throughout the story. In addition, the child select characters that look most like them, their age, and the most appropriate reading level. The educational content is further reinforced through the use of an interactive review quiz, fun and engaging games and puzzles, and a coloring book with palette." Allen is listed as one of the people behind Build Your Story and is credited as the author of all fifteen stories. There is a signature series featuring everyday childhood adventures, a Bible series featuring moral endings such as having courage, and an AfroKIDZ series that teaches about the contributions of African-Americans.

Build Your Story software is for children ages 5 and up and educates children through personalization. "When I was a child, creativity helped make learning fun. I'm glad to know that my creative writings are being used to help make learning fun for other children," stated Allen.

The software is available through numerous companies as well as through the Build Your Story website http://www.buildyourstory.com. For other writings by Matasha W. Allen, visit her official website at http://MatashaWAllen.com.


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