Teen Writers Workshops At Kirby Library
WOMEN’S CLUB SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT-The Women’s Club of Mountaintop presented a scholarship to Rachel Sowinski, Holy Redeemer High School. Shown, from left: Gaylene, chairperson; Rachel Sowinski, recipient; Marisa Sowinski, mother; and Leigh Michel, club member.
WOMEN’S CLUB DONATION-The Women’s Club of Mountaintop made a donation of 18 nightgowns and PJ’s to Ruth’s Place. Shown, from left: Women’s Club members Leigh Michel, Gaylene Hunter, Mary Lane and Kristen Topotski, director of Ruth’s Place.

This summer teens who are interested in writing have the opportunity to benefit from the knowledge and experience of three local authors in a series of workshops. The workshops will be held at the Marian Sutherland Kirby Library at 35 Kirby Ave., Mountaintop and are geared for ages 12 to 17.

Jack Dunn will start off the workshops on Thursday, June 27 from 10:00 -11:30 to discuss the genre of historical fiction. He will explain how to conduct research for historical information and how to use the data in a writing project. He will also talk about his experiences and the realities of writing, getting published, and self-publishing. Jack is the author of two Civil War historical fiction novels available as eBooks: Home and Away and Civil War Memories.

Denise L. Kaminsky, author of the children’s books; Nittany Lion Has the Hiccups, Nittany Lion Gets a Big Surprise, Nittany Lion Tells the Legend of Princess Nit-A-Nee, and This Is The Seed, will conduct a workshop on Wednesday, July 17 from 10:30 –12:00. Teens will be given an overview of how to create a picture book for young children and work as a group to create an oral story. The session will also include how to format a story to submit to an editor and making a “dummy” book.

On Friday, August 2 from 2:00-3:30 Glenda Joy Race will present the workshop, Writing Memoetry which is the writing of poetry and prose, side by side. Writing memoetry is a great way to share thoughts, clear anger or sadness, inspire others, express humor and more. Glenda is a teacher, tutor and writer who has written the books  Pain in my Brain and Awareness, Acceptance and Appreciation.

Register for any of these workshops by visiting the library or by calling 474-9313. Participants should bring a notebook and pen or a laptop.