School vacation is a time when most students enjoy taking time off from studies and have fun.
Unless you happen to be a writer, long for instruction and the opportunity to meet others like themselves.
That’s why eight talented writers from Cape Cod turned up at the Osterville Public Library the mornings of February 19-23 for our Young Writers Program.
There they received free literary instruction from author- teachers Jeffrey Carter and K. R. Conway.
They weren’t disappointed. Over the course of our five morning sessions, the students learned about plot structure, setting, dialogue character descriptions and how to integrate them into their stories. In a final wrap-up session, the teens created presentation boards which displayed their characters, setting and plots.
They were pleased and so were we. Here’s what the teens said about the program in their exit surveys:
“It helped me learn how to writer certain parts of the book and it was really fun.”
“I enjoying having a more personal hands-on type experience. It’s been a great boon to my writing.”
“I enjoyed the program immensely. It inspired and energized me as a writer.”
” I liked meeting other writers my age and talking about our stories.”
“It was great to come and talk and learn about writing.”
” I learned important skills to improve my writing.”
” I could meet and share ideas with teens my age with similar interests.”
“It really helped me learn how to write certain parts of a book and it was really fun.”
THERE WAS JUST ONE REQUEST FOR IMPROVEMENT
“It would be wonderful if this class was longer!”
“If this event could last a few days longer it would be perfect!”