Posts Tagged Young Writers
Every summer, we host about fifty young writers who tell us again and again how few opportunities there are for young people interested in creative writing, in their home communities. In addition to those fifty, we have dozens and dozens of campers at Centauri who have an interest in creative writing and choose to take writing workshops, even though their main specialty may be in something else. So… this post is for all of you!
The Toronto Public Library offers some really intriguing events in the arts – particularly in creative writing – and this one is completely free! Incidentally, Souvankham Thammavongsa is a poet published by Pedlar Press, which is run by Beth Follett, who taught writing at Centauri for years.
14 March · 14:00 – 17:00
Sanderson Library 327 Bathurst Street (at Dundas)
Register at 416-397-5970, or firstname.lastname@example.org
Work with Toronto poet Souvankham Thammavongsa and learn to see ordinary objects anew to make still life ‘drawings’ with words. You will truly write what you see! Souvankham Thammavongsa was born in 1978 in Nong Khai, Thailand. She is the author of two poetry books from Pedlar Press, Small Arguments and Found. Small Arguments was described as “quiet, beautiful jeweller’s-eye lyrics” and won the ReLit award for poetry in 2004. In 2009, Found was made into a short film that screened at film festivals in North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa.
Young Voices, Toronto Public Library’s magazine of teen writing and visual art, is looking for artwork, photographs, stories, poems, rants, reviews and other writing by teens 12 to 19 years old.
Pick up a submission form and drop off your writing and visual art at any Toronto Public Library branch, or submit online. Deadline for Young Voices 2011: April 2, 2011.
Write what you want to write! It can be a poem, story, essay … whatever you like.
Submit only your own original work.
Submissions are not returned, so keep a copy of your work.
Toronto Public Library has one-time print and electronic rights to all work selected for publication, as well as the right to excerpt from the work for purposes of promotion.
Written submissions will be selected from each of the following age categories: 12-14; 15-16; 17-19.
Artwork will not be categorized by age for the purposes of choosing what to publish.
For further information, to go: http://ramp.torontopubliclibrary.ca/secondary/expressyourself/writinggonewild/youngvoicesmagazine/three-content.jsp
If you have ever considered writing a novel, or if you have an idea for one and you just need some ‘pressure’ to get you started, then you need to check out this site: http://ywp.nanowrimo.org/whatis – NaNoWriMo is an organisation that runs a 30 day novel writing challenge – and it begins on November 1st. There’s a special category for participants aged 17 and under, and the site also includes terrific writing prompts and ideas to get you started. If you take up this challenge, let us know! From our experiences this summer, we know we have several campers currently considering or in the process of writing their first novel… this is a terrific way not only to get started, but to force that great idea to completion.
Did you know there is a creative writing magazine based in New York that has a section specifically for high school writers? They welcome submissions of poetry and short stories, and appear to be very encouraging to new writers as well. You may want to check them out if you are a writer – but don’t forget to read the submissions guidelines carefully, before sending anything off! The magazine is ‘Hanging Loose’ , and you can find out more about them at www.hangingloosepress.com
Don’t forget Centauri also offers some amazing writing camps for teens! Our writing camps include writer’s workshops, poetry, play-writing and more!
A Summary of our 2010 Writing Summer Camps!
Session 1 Writing Camp: Play Writing & Performance (ages 14-18)
Session 2 Writing Camp: Creative Writing: Rock, Paper, Scissors! (ages 9-14)
Session 3 Writing Camp: Forms and Formlessness: A Poet’s Odyssey (ages 13-18)
Session 4 Writing Camp: Stop Making Sense! A Writer’s Workshop (ages 14-18)
Session 4 Writing Camp: Words in Action: POP Theatre! (ages 14-18)
Check out the full descriptions of the writing workshops at