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Storyteller Junior Editors
| Read + Review Upcoming Books!This program is ideal for opinionated readers who love to discuss books and write reviews for peer critique groups.Fee: $115 includes materials, light snack, and copies of our annual publication. Incoming Grades 2-5: 5-6:30 pm
Middle/High School: 7-8:30
June 20, July 11, July 25, August 1
Wordplay Creative Writing Camp
| This program is perfect for writers interested in practicing new poetic techniques, crafting stories, exploring creative nonfiction, and sharing ideas in a lively, informal setting. Fee: $115 includes materials, light snack, and copies of our annual publication. Ages 7-10: 10-11:30Ages 11-up: 12:30-2:00
June 24 through 28
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The Storyteller Bookstore is located in Lafayette, CA.
Attention middle school students who live in or attend school in Contra Costa County! Mail your short stories, poems and/or personal narratives postmarked by April 1 to be eligible for $$$ prizes!
We need YOUR entry NOW! Apologies for the wonky way the guidelines appear on this post. They also are on the right side of this blog in a neater version.
California Writers Club
Mt. Diablo Branch, Contra Costa County
YOUNG WRITERS CONTEST
Honoring a New Generation of California Writers
See cwcmtdiablowriters.wordpress.com/young-writers-contest for contest information
Number & Street City Zip
Home Phone_____________________________ E-mail Address
First and Last Name of your English (Creative Writing) Teacher___________________________________________________________
MANUSCRIPT CATEGORIES (please check one):
_____ Short Story (up to 5 pages typed, double-spaced)
_____ Poem (up to 30 lines, can be single or double-spaced)
Suggested Poetry Prompt ideas (not necessary to use these specific words)
1. It shouldn’t have happened this way 2. Who knew what I was thinking?
3. If I had been there, it all would have been different 4. More ideas on website noted above
_____ Personal Narrative (capturing an event in your life; up to 3 pages, typed, double-spaced)
Mail submissions to: Young Writers Contest, California Writers Club, PO Box 606, Alamo, CA 94507
DON’T MISS OUT: Only entries that follow the guidelines EXACTLY will be considered!
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1. Contest open to 6th, 7th and 8th grade students who live in or attend school in Contra Costa County.
2. Submit 2 copies of your manuscript. Do not include artwork or a cover. Your manuscript must be typed or computer generated at 12 point, double-spaced, one-inch margins around perimeter. No staples. Paper clips only.
3. Put your name in the upper left-hand corner of each page. Number each page. Put manuscript title on the first page.
4. Multiple entries are welcome. Each entry must be accompanied by a separate application form (above) or 3×5 card noting: name; home address; home phone; school; grade; e-mail address; teacher; manuscript title; and category.
5. Deadline: Manuscripts must be postmarked by April 1, 2013. Winners will be announced when judging is complete.
6. INDIVIDUAL SUBMISSIONS BY STUDENTS PREFERRED. TEACHERS: PLEASE ENCOURAGE STUDENTS TO SUBMIT THEIR STORIES AND POEMS THEMSELVES.
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PRIZES: Winning short stories and poems from each grade level will receive $100 for first prize, $50 for second prize and $25 for third prize. The Betty Tenney Essay Award of $100 will be given to the best personal narrative/essay in each grade. Second and third place prizes may be awarded in this category at the judges’ discretion. Prizes will be presented to winners on May 11, 2013, at a lunch banquet. A published author will speak. Parents are welcome.
TEACHERS: We are striving to encourage individual creativity and expression. Do not send entire class assignments. Teachers of winning students will be invited to attend the May 11th banquet.
The Contra Costa Reading Association presents:
Writers at Work
Join us for a morning filled with inspirational ideas from a children’s author, as well as writing sessions presented by outstanding local teachers of writing. Our featured author is
Elizabeth Koehler Pentacoff
Our keynote speaker is children’s author, teacher and is an energetic presenter who shares her love of drama and words in instruction to promote a love of writing. She has presented at schools throughout the state.
This author’s books include: Jackson & Bud’s Bumpy Ride, The ABC’s of Writing for Children, John Muir and Stickeen; An Alaskan Adventure, Curtain Call; Games, Skits, Plays & More, Louise, the One and Only, Wish Magic, Help, My Life is Going to the Dogs, You’re Kidding, Incredible Facts About Presidents, and Explorers.
Writers at Work is for students in grades 2-6 who are interested in writing, parents who are looking for ways to motivate and enhance their child’s writing and teachers looking for ideas to use in the classroom.
Please note: CSUEastBay now charges $5.00 for parking. If possible, please carpool with your friends.
When: Saturday, March 9, 2013, from 9:00-12:30
Where: California State University East Bay, Concord campus
4700 Ygnacio Valley Road, Concord
Cost: $5.00 per child (accompanying adults are free)
$5.00 per adult, unaccompanied by a child
Please make checks payable to CCRA
Stay in touch with CCRA’s events by visiting our website www.contracostareading.org
As I gaze out of my office window, pondering over my next phrase, I am thankful for the California open space behind our house. If you have a little patch of nature, or can walk to one and sit under a tree with a notebook, you’ll discover how freeing a few trees, a bit of grass and the smell of fresh earth can relax the writer or artist within any of us.
Next, I am gratified by the room around me, filled with my most precious possessions: books and creatures writing and reading, and lovely cards given by wonderful friends. I remember when several years ago my writing area was a small retreat between our bedroom and the hallway. My son and his friends ran back and forth between his room and the backyard deck, while I rolled my chair away from my computer as they whooshed by, a stream of boy-noise and action.
Who can forget a best friend by my side, encouraging my writing? Zoie will be sixteen-years-old at the end of this month. When she was a puppy, I barely wrote at all. Once she was out of baby-hood, I resumed my normal schedule, with walk breaks, of course. Within the last year she has lost most of her sight and hearing, so she doesn’t feel comfortable outside without one of us by her side. She is more impatient with my writing time. It MUST be time to go out NOW, she seems to say with her big brown eyes. I agree. We must remember time with our loved ones is important, too.
No matter if you write for a few minutes now and then or hours every day, be grateful your passions have led to toward this path.
1. Where do you hope your writing will lead you? What do you wish to discover about yourself, your past, present or future? Write an essay about this adventure.
2. Interview yourself. What is your favorite word? (I have several – - most of them I make up. Since I happen to be starving right now, I think my favorites are hot fudge sundae.)
Where do you write most productively? (Me – my office. Although any classroom or library with individual desks works well, too.)
Do you have any favorite moments of inspiration? (Just before I fall asleep or as I awake.)
What are your favorite writing books? ( I love What’s Your Story by Marion Dane Bauer. Although it is marketed for middle grade students it is wonderful for everyone.)
How did you find writing? (I found it in school but a guidance counselor said the only option was working for a newspaper. So I dropped that idea until my son was born. Then I took a pen in hand and began again.)
What is your biggest conflict with writing? (It is often harder than it looks.)
What do you enjoy most about it? (It drops you into another world entirely.)
3. Write a poem, song, or personal narrative on gratefulness.
4. Have you ever been inspired by nature? Where? When? Write about this inspiration.
After Rain author Wendy Lesser, in a New York Times Review, said, “. . . the great short stories, in my experience, keep you balanced in midair, suspended somewhere between the world you normally inhabit and the world briefly illuminated by the author. You see them both at once, and you feel them both at once: the emotions generated in you by the story carry over instantly and applicably to the life outside the book.”
As you develop your short story, ask yourself these questions: What is the hidden element of my short story? Why am I writing it?
To discover a theme, play around with ideas of how events in your life have changed you.
What pushes your hot buttons? Feel an emotionally charged way about a relationship? A matter of ethics?
In a novel, a theme can be broad, but in a short story, the theme must be specific. Your character must meet a conflict head on and resolve it within a tight amount of words. Hook the reader in the beginning, establish the tone of your story and start the conflict immediately. Leave questions in your reader’s mind to propel them through the story. By the time your reader has reached the end, your protagonist needs to change in a small but meaningful way.
Most short stories are between 1500-3500 words, although each magazine, literary journal, or contest will have their own word length. Gaining in popularity these days are short-short stories, from 500 words down to 100!
Do you want to write them? Then read them. Good classic short story writers include Shirley Jackson, Katherine Anne Porter, John Cheever, and Raymond Carver. Read and write for literary journals such as Glimmer Train, glimmertrain.com , Zoetrope: All-Story, all-story.com/ Boulevard, boulevardmagazine.org, Epoch, arts.cornell.edu/English/publications/epoch. For markets for younger students, see pages at the right side of this blog.
- Take an idea or novel you have and craft it into a short story. Once you have a rough draft, write it several more times until you have it polished where every word counts. How few words are absolutely necessary to convey your character, setting, and plot?
- Enter a short story contest. Workshop your story with a writing partner or group to make sure you are creating your best work possible.
- Take your short story from #1 and write it within 100 words!
- Can you write a short story in a paragraph? A sentence?
- Check your stories. Is there enough reason for the reader to read beyond the first paragraph?
English teacher, writing coach, and founder of our popular Summer Writing Workshops LISA PIAZZA presents a workshop series for aspiring writers of fiction!
Saturday afternoons 4:30-6:00 Ages 9-up
Nov 3: A Convergence of Quirky Characters
Nov 10: Plotlines, Places, + Perspective
Nov 17: Sounds + Scenes: using dialogue and imagery to create mood
$25/each or $65/series
Notebooks + light snack included
Register at The Storyteller Bookstore or via email firstname.lastname@example.org
Break out your pens again! We’re having another teen writing group, and we would love for you to join us.
Writing can be a solitary pursuit… but it doesn’t have to be! Want to meet other enthusiastic teen writers? Come to a teen writing group at the Lafayette Library! We’ll chat, share ideas and experiences about our writing, and — of course — write alongside each other with prompts. We aim to create a fun, welcoming teen community of writers that encourages and supports its members.
This is an open and free group (8th-12th grade preferred). Just bring paper, your favorite writing tool, and enthusiasm!
Please reply to email@example.com if you can make our next meeting. We hope you can join us. If you have any teen writer friends who may be interested in our group, please forward them this announcement. We’re always looking to expand our group!