A FREE innovative Youth Writing Workshop (Grades 7-12) will be held in the San Marcos County Library conference room at 2 Civic Center, on Saturday, March 21, 1-3 PM.
Our goal is to establish a vigorous North County incubator for brilliant young adult literature. Various genres will be explored including flash fiction, short stories, poetry, and 10-minute stage plays, which may be recorded as a raw production for YouTube or Vimeo channels.
In addition, students will be encouraged to enter contests with both cash and scholarship awards, some offering prizes from $500 to $15,000, mostly without submission fees. Dozens of contest sponsors each have their required topic (whether essay, poetry, short story, or stage play) and their special guidelines, listed month by month for grades 7-12 at http://newpages.com/writers-resources/young-authors-guide.
Students will select a monthly contest and submit their efforts by a deadline. If our second meeting was missed, no problem. Just select a contest, and start writing, then bring 500 words or more to our next session, with 6 copies of your work in proper format and 12-font, Times New Roman. By critiquing each others writings, under the guidance of an experienced facilitator, each student should be able to enter their own pre-selected contest with a good chance of winning.
In addition, members are encouraged to join on-line critiquing forums in Nanowrimo.org and Figment.com. Please bring your notepad, or paper and pencil, along with your imagination. If you like to write and want to meet teens who love to read fantasy, sci-fi, mystery, romance, or various types of poetry such as Haiku, this is for you!