Write On! Summer Workshops for Teen Writers to Be Led by YA Authors

June 9, 2015 4:56 AM

Santa Monica, California – Do you know a teen who loves to write? The Santa Monica Public Library is offering Write On! A Teen Writers’ Workshop this summer at the Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Boulevard, Santa Monica. Workshop sessions will be led by Young Adult (YA) authors and provide a unique experience for teens to work with professional writers. The Middle School Writers’ Workshop for teens in grades 6 through 8 runs Tuesday, June 23, Wednesday, June 24, and Thursday, June 25 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. The High School Writers’ Workshop for teens in grades 9 through 12 runs Tuesday, July 7, Wednesday, July 8, and Thursday, July 9 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Each workshop will be limited to 15 participants, so interested teens are urged to sign up as soon as possible at the Main Library, or call 310-458-8621.

                This is the eighth year of this creative writing program for teens. Workshop sessions are designed to inspire and encourage teens to find their voices through different styles and genres of writing. Sessions will include writing exercises, sharing work, and learning about the writing process from a YA author. At the end of the workshops, students may submit their work to the Santa Monica Public Library’s Teen Zine.               

                The slate of authors leading this year’s Write On! workshops include Rachel Kann, poet; Scott Bly, author of Smasher; James Mihaley, author of You Can’t Have My Planet, but Take My Brother, Please; Cecil Castellucci, author of The Plain Janes, Tin Star, Stone in the Sky and others; and Kendell Shaffer, author of Kalifornia Blu.

                For more information about this free public program, visit smpl.org  or call the Youth Services Department at (310) 458-8621. The Santa Monica Public Library is wheelchair accessible. For special disabled services, call Library Administration at (310) 458-8606 at least one week prior to event. The Main Library is served by Big Blue Bus routes 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9 and 10. Bicycle parking racks are available at the library.

Media Contact

Ann Wagner
Youth Services Librarian II