Young Writers

This fall, we ran another of our popular Young Writers programs. For four weeks, young authors from our community attended sessions where we learned all about writing short stories. While many of our attendees had written longer stories, the idea of a complete story only a page or so long, was a little daunting. But they settled in and wrote.

We covered the basics of what made a good story (beginning, middle, end, more than one character, and a plot), and they went home with a plan to write a story about something that had really happened to them, but to change it so that it happened to someone else.

They wrote stories about shrinking girls, a crazy cat, a less than reputable doctor, a secret map, Halloween costumes gone wrong, and much more. And we laughed and cheered as each writer read out their first draft. There was plenty of great work to go on!

Over the next few weeks, they learned about revision and making their stories better. We worked on using exciting vocabulary, writing an opening that makes people want to read more, and finishing a story. It was hard work, and they came back with lots of changes, but the end result was great.

This week, we have all of the stories on display at the library for Ontario Public Library Week. Drop in to read each one, or read them here. We have such talent in our community!

Karen’s Funny Day 

The Boxy Halloween

Manhunt Mayhem

18″ Tall World

Domestic Pirates

Toby, the Karate Two Year Old

The Hilly Experience

Crazy Cat

The Good Problem

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Hey, Young Writers!

If you have a young writer at home aged 7-11, we’re running a series of four writing workshops this fall. We’ll discuss what makes a good story, how to make a story better, and work on fun aspects of writing overall.

This workshops requires registration, and the participants are expected to attend all four, from beginning to end. (Sorry, once we start, we can’t add participants.) We’re meeting Tuesdays from 6-7pm, September 12 – October 3rd. At the end of the series, we’ll be posting the stories on our writing blog, and in the library! It’s going to be exciting!

Young Writers are Doing It Again!

It’s summertime, and that means fun programs for kids! And we couldn’t have a summer program without offering a fun session for our Young Writers. This program has proven to be a lot of fun, and we love to see the creativity pouring out of our young patrons.

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Sessions will take place on Tuesday afternoons at the library, beginning July 7th. We’ll have two groups…..1-2pm for kids aged 7-11 years, and 2-3pm for teens 12-16 years.

Registration is taking place now, so if you have a young writer who might like to take part, give us a call today at 613-257-2702 to reserve a space. It’s going to be a fun summer!

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While we had a lot of fun during our Young Writers group meetings this past November, but we also wrote lots, too! And on our last day, some of the writers gave me copies of their work so that I could share a few tidbits with our patrons.  Much of the work was funny and inspired, but we also had a few sad moments, and lots of murder! (I know…these kids liked to plan exciting murders of some of our best-created characters!)

So, I’d like to share a few lines from some of these fascinating stories with you now. Totally out of context.

She was never really good at math, and 8th grade math was HARD–really hard. So Kelley’s mom tried to motivate Kelly by saying, “Kelly, if you fail your math test, I won’t let you go to the dance!” –-Olivia

(Of course, Kelley really wanted to go to the dance, so she stole the answers to the math test. But she did wear a fabulous dress to the dance!)

 

Dec. 18th, 1989…about 10 minutes later.  So, basically Santa, after he heard that I rejected him, turned to THE DARK SIDE! So, no more Christmas! — Laura

(Turns out, there are some pretty nasty reindeer who don’t like Santa. And Santa can’t handle it!)

 

Hi, my name is G.G.R.O.B.A.R. This is how you say it—Grow-Bar. It stands for “Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer”. And you know what? I feel really bad! I didn’t mean to run her over, but I’m blind. I run into stuff. Yes, it’s a big problem.”–Teegan

(There were quite a few references in here to drinking egg nog, and how stressful life can be until egg nog. Hmmmm…sounds like good egg nog to me!)

 

Once upon a time, in the old North Pole, there lived a reindeer. She had something all the other reindeer didn’t have.  She had rainbow magic!–Darwin

(Which turned out to be a good thing, because this reindeer also had a serious case of incontinence! )

 

I have a problem with cars.–Willow

(This reindeer happened to be very afraid of cars. Poor thing.)

 

I dream about flying through the sky with Rudolph. Isn’t he the cutest?–Cadence

(Yes, this reindeer had a mad crush on the one with the red nose. #reindeerproblems)

 

Lots of fun with these kids. We hope to have them back in 2015 to do lots more writing. Maybe without so many furry animals involved.

 

Young Writers

We’ve had such a great time over the last five weeks running a Young Writers group every Sunday afternoon. We had snacks, did some fun writing exercises and made a lot of new friends.  Next week, I’ll try to post a few excerpts from the wonderful stories they wrote this month. I think you’ll be surprised!

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Don’t worry…if your budding writer didn’t get a chance to attend, we’ll have more like this in the coming months. Keep watching our Facebook page, or posters at the library for more information. We love our young writers!

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We’re excited to start up our young writers group again!  Starting November 2nd, we’re welcoming all of our talented young writers from the summer—and anyone new who’d like to join us—–for 5 Sundays of fun writing!

We’ll do writing exercises, read short stories and have LOTS of great discussion. If you have a young person who is interested in five weeks of writing, no registration required. Just come to the front door of the library on Sunday, and we’ll let you in. (No, we’re not open….this is a special event for the month of November only.)

Any questions, please give us a call at 257-2702. Sharpen those pencils!

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2014-07-07 01.58.21Today, we’re excited to welcome young writers to the library for a fun summer program. It runs every Tuesday from 1 -2 pm, so call to register if you have a young writer at home who might be interested. We’re probably going to divide up the group so that we have kids aged 10 – 12 together, and then 13 and up in another group, but I’ll see who comes tomorrow and we’ll go from there.

This is going to be a fun program mainly, not a terribly serious one, although we will be learning lots each week. It will give every writer a chance to work on something each week and to be able to share it with the others. Don’t worry, we’re going to be a VERY kind group. This is all about enjoying the art of writing and learning how to become better.

Go ahead…..say something!