February 22, 2011

Young Writers Unite!

I am totally psyched! After my wonderful experience with the teen critique group last year, I leaped at the chance to lead a new library program for young writers.

Beginning in March, aspiring young writers ages 12 to 20 will meet twice a month to learn about and discuss writing. We’re tailoring the program to the group’s preferences by asking each participant to choose the types of writing in which they are interested. With approximately 28 genres and five writing types to entice them, these young writers should be able to pursue their chosen craft. We’ll also talk about Voice, POV, Plot, Format, and Length in addition to any other subjects the group chooses. To keep the program interesting and not too much like school, we plan to host guest writers and individuals from the industry, have some round table story-writing, and play with writing exercises.

Young published authors are becoming more common, following in the footsteps of such familiar names as Louisa May Alcott (age 17, Flower Fables, 1854), Mary Shelley (age 19, Frankenstein, 1818), Anne Frank (age 13-17, Diary of a Young Girl, 1947), and S.E. Hinton (age 16, The Outsiders, 1967). In the twenty-first century, we’ve seen Christopher Paolini rise to fame at age 18 with his best-seller, Eragon; Valerie Gribben was 16 when she wrote Fairytale; an original vampire novel, In the Forests of the Night (Den of Shadows) was written by 13-year-old Amelia Atwater-Rhodes.

Publishing success is possible for anyone willing to work for it, and I’m thrilled to be holding the door open for our community’s aspiring young writers!

Join this exciting program on March 12 and 26 at 2 p.m. at the John McIntire Library in Zanesville, Ohio. If you have questions, just contact either me [writerone (at) newconcordpress (dot) com] or the library reference department.

Will YOU be the next hot new debut author?

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