Social networks, blogs, instant-messaging and e-mail may be helping students by exposing young writers to real audiences and creating an interest in creative writing, says Richard Sterling, University of California, Berkeley, faculty member and former National Writing Project director. "Even over the past three years, there has been a difference with my undergraduates," Sterling says. "Three years ago, I would ask how many students have a MySpace or Facebook page and about one-third would raise their hands. Now about 98 percent raise their hands."

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