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MyVoice: A Teen Writers’ Workshop

Date: May 27, 2008

Contact: Erica Cuyugan, Public Services Librarian, (310) 458-8799 x5664

MyVoice: A Teen Writers’ Workshop at the Santa Monica Public Library

Santa Monica, California – The Santa Monica Public Library invites teens entering grades 7 through 12 in the Fall to sign up for a free writing workshop with California Young Adult authors at the Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Boulevard. This intensive workshop will take place over six weeks, from July 9 to August 15, and will meet every Wednesday and Friday from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Participating authors include Jay Asher (Thirteen Reasons Why), Cecil Castellucci (Beige and Boy Proof), Stephanie Hemphill (Your Own, Sylvia), and Emily Jiang (author, blogger, poet). Teen writers will have an opportunity to enhance their creative writing skills and discuss the writing process with the authors. Each Wednesday session will focus on specific themes, such as creating suspense, writing poetry, and developing a sense of place in your writing. Each Friday session will encourage teens to practice, share, and critique each other’s writing in an open, positive environment.

At the end of this 6-week workshop, participants may submit their pieces for publication in the Santa Monica Public Library’s first ever Teen Zine. Teens will share their pieces with the public and unveil the Zine at a launch party in September.

Registration for the workshop begins on Monday, June 9 and can be made in person at the Youth Reference Desk in the Main Library or over the phone at (310) 458-8621 during library hours. Limited spaces are available, and registration must be made in advance. For more information on MyVoice: A Teen Writers’ Workshop, please call Erica Cuyugan at (310) 458-8799 x5664.

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