Monday, January 31, 2011

Teen Writers Workshop

So. As promised, here's the additional info on the upcoming Teen Writers Workshop. What I couldn't squeeze onto the flier was info about what you'll need for the first meeting, as well as the general format for all the other meetings. So, first things first. Bring a piece of writing that you've been working on to the first meeting. It should be something creative (short story, excerpt from a novel, poetry, comedy) that you'd like some feedback on. Try not to bring school stuff (unless it's a piece that you did that is your absolute-most-favorite-can't-not-bring-it-because-it-is-my-soul-in-written-form). Also, print some extra copies of your work because you'll be sharing it with the rest of the group. They'll mark up the page with comments, encouragements, and (if you're really lucky) some helpful criticisms. Lynette Benton, your facilitator/instructor/all around helpful lady will let you know how later meetings are going to be structured. But here's what you can expect: you'll be learning how to really build your creative writing muscles. It'll be great. Good luck!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Elementary, My Dear Reader

So. Exciting. Just found out that the guy who writes the Alex Rider series (Anthony Horowitz) is coming out with a new Sherlock Holmes novel. I don't think it's going to be specifically a teen novel, but I do think it'll be supremely awesome. Should hit the shelves sometime in September of 2011, so keep an eye out...

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Cupid = Stupid

I know I've been a bad, bad, blogger recently. But it's all been for you, Arlington teens! I've been taking an online workshop (about teens, technology, and libraries) and man, has it kept me busy. So. I've got news: We're having an Anti-Valentine's Day Party for all of you who gag at the sight of hearts and flowers and other public displays of affection. Thanks Hallmark! So ignore the Valentine's Day hype. Instead, come to the Anti-Valentine's Day Party. Get a Tarot reading (by an actual psychic - not just me with a crystal ball and a bath towel wrapped around my head), play some "love stinks" themed Speed Scrabble, and decorate some black heart cookies. Monday, Feb 14th, from 6 - 8 PM, in the Teen Area. Sign up online, by email, phone, or facebook. Teen Librarian: Open to teens grades 6 - 12.