New Future Authors Book Demonstrates Océ Digital Book PublishingOctober 14, 2009
BOCA RATON, FL—10/14/2009—Miranda Vogt is only 12 years old, but she already feels like she’s been an influence on the world. The seventh grader at Bak Middle School in West Palm Beach recently became a published author as a participant in the fourth annual Océ Future Authors Project program. Miranda, along with 49 other District of Palm Beach County middle and high school students, had their original writings published in a book they dubbed, So, You Think You Can Write? The book was compiled by Océ North America Production Printing Systems division and digitally published using the company’s digital book factory printing equipment. The book was unveiled at a book signing event held recently at the City of Boca Raton Spanish River Public Library. More than 150 students, parents and school officials attended the event.
“Being published makes me feel powerful,” said Miranda, who was hesitant to attend the summer writing workshop at first. “I didn’t want to spend my summer at school, but it turned out to be anything but school. It was a great experience, and I enjoyed spending time with kids who have the same interest in writing.”
Océ North America’s Boca Raton-based Production Printing Systems division is a creator and sponsor of the program, which includes a free eight-day writing workshop held in the summer. A partnership between the School District of Palm Beach County and Océ North America, the 2009 Océ Future Authors Project program was made possible with generous grants from the Lawrence Sanders Foundation, BankAtlantic Foundation and Xplor International, a non-profit educational and networking organization serving users and suppliers of document technologies. During the workshop, the students learned about writing, editing, and digital book publishing. Certified teachers provided instruction, with additional insight provided by Océ executives and published authors, Jonathon King, Sally Ling and Dwight Stewart.
Shivangi Narain, who is in eighth grade at Don Estridge Middle School in Boca Raton, also enjoyed the summer workshop and was thrilled to see her name in print. “It was really fun,” she said. “We put a lot of hard work into this book and learned how important it is to write and rewrite. When I went back to look at draft one of about five, I couldn’t believe it was the same piece.”