February 19, 2022
Gray Duck Theater & Coffeeshop
The Young Writers Workshop is an event dedicated to writers in grades 6-12 who love being creative and want to learn new skills and techniques from local authors in their community. As a BONUS, we offer a unique experience where students can upload their writing before the workshop for a one-on-one meeting with a local author to gain even more insight.
Because writing is fun and it makes our brains better, and we're better people for putting our creative talents to good use. Duh!?!
$50 per student
Students should bring their own lunch and beverage. Food and beverage will not be available for purchase.
YES! Titles written by our talented local authors will be available for purchase during the workshop at Garden Party Books.
Both Gray Duck Theater & Coffeehouse and Garden Party Books require masks to be worn while in their businesses.
Students will attend all four 50-minute sessions unless they submit writing for "YOU and a Local Author." These one-on-one meetings will occur during one of the four sessions.
YOU and a Local Author
Our goal is to have EVERY writer submit their writing for this unique opportunity!
When students submit up to 2500 words prior to the start of the workshop, they'll receive a one-on-one meeting with a local author. This local author will read the student's work and be ready to offer advice, answer questions, and be a genuine voice of encouragement. Deadline for submissions is Sunday, February 13th.
Ready, Set, Go! Publishing That First Novel
In this session, Armstrong will help students identify ideas to get started on that first manuscript, offer tips for getting those thoughts down on paper, promote the importance of editing, and give a brief overview of the various publishing options available.
A Light in the Darkness: Crafting SF/F Heroes
Anthony W. Eichenlaub
Are heroes born or made? Chosen or discovered? What kind of person draws a line in the sand and dares evil to cross? In this session we’ll pick apart some of our favorite heroes from books, movies, and TV to figure out what really makes them work. Then we’ll write our own complex heroes and let them shine a light on the shadows.
Every Good Story Contains a Mystery
Every story needs tension. No matter whether you're writing romance, fantasy, science fiction, or any other genre, learn to use elements of mystery to keep your readers turning pages. In this session, you'll have several opportunities to practice through structured exercises.
Character Flaws and How
to Use Them
J. Lynn Else
Being awesome at everything isn’t that awesome…at least not in fiction. Flaws are important for writing intriguing characters. In this session, we’ll discuss how to use flaws to make dynamic and relatable narrators. We’ll also learn about the different types of flaws and how to utilize them so you can tell a great story with unforgettable characters.
Jennifer L. Davidson
The Kody Burkoff Mystery Series:
Justice for Julia
Jennifer L. Davidson is the owner of Rochester Writing Lab. She is also a freelance writer and youth creative writing instructor. Her passion project is to provide more opportunities for young writers who want to delve deeper into the literary arts.
She has written three books in the Kody Burkoff Mystery Series. She enjoys writing, reading, and sharing with others all that she’s learned while climbing, crawling, and skipping along the winding, and sometimes treacherous, path to becoming an author.