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Young Writers Institute to be offered at HCC

April 04, 2013

As part of the upcoming Nora Roberts Writing Institute at Hagerstown Community College, HCC will also offer a Young Writers Institute for high school students entering 10th, 11th, or 12th grade.

The Young Writers Institute will be Friday, Aug. 2 and Saturday, Aug. 3, and will feature a series of workshops and events specially geared toward aspiring young writers. Workshops will include fiction-crafting and publishing, and the opportunity to network with other teen writers. Cost is $185 per person.

Participants also have the opportunity to take part in a writing contest. The "What's Your Backstory?" contest asks students to submit an original work of fiction in 1,000 words or less featuring a main character in a critical moment. The grand-prize winner will receive free tuition to the Young Writers Institute and a $50 gift card to Amazon.com. The winning entry will also be read during the opening session of the workshop on Aug. 2. Two additional runner-up winners will receive a 50-percent discount on tuition to the Young Writers Institute and a $25 gift card to Amazon.com. All contest participants will receive a free copy of their published work in the contest magazine, "Back Talk."

Contest deadline is Saturday, June 1. For submission guidelines or more information about the Young Writers Institute, go to www.hagerstowncc.edu/kids/info.html or call 240-500-2236. For more information about the HCC Nora Roberts Writing Institute, go to nrwi.hagerstowncc.edu.

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