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Reading council to hold workshop for young writers

January 23, 2008

The Washington County Reading Council's annual Young Authors Contest is getting under way with a workshop for young writers.

Students who want to pick up writing tips for the contest or those who would just like to meet an author are invited to attend the workshop on Wednesday, Jan. 30, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the South Hagers-town High School library.

Annette Curtis Klause will be the workshop's guest author. Klause is the author of three books for middle and high school readers: "The Silver Kiss," "Blood and Chocolate" and "Freaks: Alive, on the Inside!' She also wrote "Alien Secrets" for elementary readers. Klause will talk about her writing process, how she turns creative ideas into books, what it's like to have a book turned in to a movie and answer questions.

The free workshop is for young writers and readers in grades two through 12. Parents and teachers are also welcome. Advance registration is suggested but not required. Contact Dave Williams at South High by calling 301-766-8369 during school hours or e-mailing willidav@wcboe.k12.md.us.

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Books will be available for purchase and autographing. The workshop is sponsored by the reading council and the South Hagerstown High School Rebel Readers.

Short stories and poems may be entered in the reading council's Young Authors Contest.

One poem and one short story will be selected as winner at each grade level. Entries must be received by March 12.

The reading council is an organization that promotes literacy for young people. More information about the council's young author activities can be found on its Web site at http://wcreadingcouncil.org.

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