Sunday, May 31, 2015

Two summer writing workshops for your kids

Rising 5th-7th grader writers

Children’s book author Frances O’Roark Dowell will teach a week-long creative writing class for rising fifth to seventh graders from Monday, July 27 to Friday, July 31 at Flyleaf Books. Participants will meet from 9 a.m. to noon each day.

Ms. Dowell says, “We will spend the week writing, drawing maps, designing secret rooms, creating artist cards, and making our own
books. Come prepared to be creative!”

Ms. Dowell is the author of the Phineas L. MacGuire series and many other books as well.

Registration for this creative writing class is open now and the class is limited to 12 students. Use the registration form at Cost is $325 for the week.

Middle & high school writers

Young Adult Fantasy writer Nathan Kotecki will lead a one-week writing workshop for middle school and high school students July 13-17, 2015. Classes will be at the Chapel Hill Public Library with a reading scheduled at Flyleaf Bookstore in Chapel Hill on July 24.

Participants will meet from 1-4 p.m. daily for the week and must commit to coming to each meeting as well as the final reading at Flyleaf. There will be exercises and readings to be done for each session. Goal: a polished short story by the end of the camp!

Kotecki is the author of The Suburban Strange and Pull Down the Night and is working on the next books in this popular series.

There is an application form on the library website ( Deadline for applying is June 20. Applicants will be notified if they have been selected by the end of June. This workshop is free.

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