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Author to speak with local teens about fiction, poetry contest

January 29, 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'd just like to meet a real live author are invited to attend the workshop from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, at South Hagerstown 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 into 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 Hagerstown High School by calling 301-766-8369 during school hours or e-mailing willidav@wcboe.k12.md.us. Books will be available for purchase and autographing. The workshop is sponsored by the WCRC and South Hagerstown High School Rebel Readers.

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Short stories and poems may be entered in WCRC's Young Authors Contest. One poem and one short story will be selected as winner at each grade level. Entries must be received by Wednesday, March 12.

The Washington County Reading Council is an organization that promotes literacy for young people. More information about WCRC's young author activities can be found at wcreadingcouncil.org.

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