Thirty talented Barnstable Public school students\, ages 12-17 appeared at the Barnstable Intermediate School on a brisk Saturday morning, November 3 to participate in the Cape Cod Writers’ Center’s Workshop. The day began with introductions by two author-teachers, James Kershner, author, former columnist for the Cape Cod Times and a professor at the Cape Cod Community College and Heidi John Schmidt, highly acclaimed novelist and author of the 2012 young adult novel, The Harbormaster’s Daughter.
Students had a chance to study with both teachers during the morning and afternoon sessions. Almost unanimously, they praised the program for the inspiring instruction, the acquisition of new skills and a chance to learn from professional writers.
Here’s what they wrote about the November 3rd program:
I found them ( the instructors) even more helpful than all my English teachers combined… the course was great !
I learned a lot today, more than I have known before.. I enjoyed this and want to come back again!
They really helped a lot with my writing and gave me a lot of ideas… I really enjoyed it and will definitely try again next year. I only wish it was longer.
I was inspired to start writing again after a slight hiatus.
They were both published authors so it was very impressive… I was looking for inspiration which I got!
It was a good program and I hope more people will join.
The instructor was smashing!
It was more fun than English class.
The teachers were both wonderful. They helped me get a clear perspective on what I need to work on as a writer.
I learned more than I could have possibly hoped to learn. ….I think the program was a great experience…there should be more time.
The 2012 Tomorrow’s Writers Today Program was funded by Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod, the Edward Bangs Kelley and Elza Kelley Founation, Inc. and the Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank Charitable Foundation Trust.