Monday, April 12, 2010

Attention: Massachusetts Teens & Tweens -- YA Author Laurie Faria Stolarz to Teach Spring & Summer Creative Workshops

YA author Laurie Faria Stolarz will be teaching three upcoming workshops in Massachusetts.

The Creative Writing Workshop for Teens is scheduled for 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. April 24 at Cornerstone Books in Salem. Geared for teens, ages 13+, students will work to develop, nurture, and improve their writing craft in a fun and supportive group. They will work on such literary devices as setting, character, voice, point-of-view, dialogue, and plot. With the author, they will discuss how closely these devices are linked in creating believable stories. They will learn from other writers by examining their styles through excerpts. They will also practice these styles through group and individual exercises. Students are encouraged to be creative and ready to try new things. Laurie says, "Please bring a notebook and pen."

The cost for this workshop is $75. Scholarships are available for those with financial need. To apply for a scholarship, please submit a typed explanation, in 300 words or less, as to why you would like to take this course. Submit this writing sample to Cornerstone Books, along with your name, telephone number, and e-mail address by April 15. Please note: the scholarship will cover the full cost of the course. See more information.

The four-day Creative Writing Workshop for Tweens is scheduled for 4 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. July 13, July 15, July 20, and July 22 at The Spirit of 76 Bookstore and Card Shop in Marblehead. Cost $200.

Geared for ages 9 to 12, students will work to develop, nurture, and improve their writing craft in a fun and supportive group. They will work on such literary devices as setting, character, and plot. With the author, they will discuss how closely these devices are linked in creating believable stories. They will learn from other writers by examining their style through excerpts. They will also practice these styles through group and individual exercises. Students are encouraged to be creative and ready to try new things. Please bring a notebook and pen. Again, Laurie says, "Please bring a notebook and pen."

Scholarships are available for those with financial need. To apply for a scholarship, please submit a typed explanation, in 300 words or less, as to why you would like to take this course. Submit this writing sample to The Spirit of 76 Bookstore, along with your name, telephone number, and e-mail address by June 15, 2010. Please note: the scholarship will cover the full cost of the course. See more information.

The four-day Creative Writing Workshop for Teens is scheduled for 6 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. July 13, July 15, July 20, and July 22 at The Spirit of 76 Bookstore and Card Shop in Marblehead. Cost $200

Geared for teens, ages 13+, students will work to develop, nurture, and improve their writing craft in a fun and supportive group. They will work on such literary devices as setting, character, voice, point-of-view, dialogue, and plot. With the author, they will discuss how closely these devices are linked in creating believable stories. They will learn from other writers by examining their styles through excerpts. They will also practice these styles through group and individual exercises. Students are encouraged to be creative and ready to try new things. Once more, Laurie says, "Please bring a notebook and pen."

Scholarships are available for those with financial need. To apply for a scholarship, please submit a typed explanation, in 300 words or less, as to why you would like to take this course. Submit this writing sample to The Spirit of 76 Bookstore, along with your name, telephone number, and e-mail address by June 15th, 2010. Please note: the scholarship will cover the full cost of the course. See more information.

About the Instructor

Laurie Faria Stolarz is the author of several popular young adult novels, including Deadly Little Secret, Deadly Little Lies, Project 17, Bleed, and the bestselling Blue is for Nightmares series, which has sold well over 500,000 copies worldwide.

Stolarz's titles have been named on numerous award lists, including the Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers list, the Top Ten Teen Pick list, and YALSA's Popular Paperback list, all through the American Library Association.

She is currently working on the Deadly Little Games, the third book in the Touch series, as well as Do You See, the third book in The Amanda Project.

Read a Cynsations interview with Laurie.

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