Registration is now open for the 18th Annual Scarsdale Young Writers' Workshop. This community event for third to fifth graders is scheduled for Saturday, March 16, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at Scarsdale Middle School. Once again, this promises to be a fantastic morning with many new and interesting workshops, as well as favorites from the past
The morning will begin with a keynote address by Adam Gidwitz, the award-winning author of A Tale Dark & Grimm and In a Glass Grimmly. Gidwitz’s first novel, A Tale Dark and Grimm, is a New York Times Bestseller and was named one of the best children’s books of the year by School Library Journal and Publishers Weekly. His second book, In a Glass Grimmly, was named a best book of the year by Publishers Weekly, the New York Public Library, the Chicago Public Library and School Library Journal, which wrote, “Gidwitz is back with a second book that, if possible, outshines A Tale Dark & Grimm.” Mr. Gidwitz, a sought-after visiting author to schools, also will be conducting two interactive “Master Workshops” for students.
In addition, more than 40 top creative professionals from the New York area will be on hand to share their talents. This year, we’re proud to welcome an Emmy Award-winning producer, a Grammy-nominated composer, a presidential speechwriter, a congressional advisor, and numerous Scarsdale journalists, authors, educators and entrepreneurs. These experts will help students develop skills in a wide range of media, from writing for radio and television, song composition and public speaking, to criticism, story and character development and the art of the interview.
(Editor's note: Scarsdale Patch will be participating in the event, leading a workshop for students.)
The Young Writers’ Workshop also welcomes cultural partners Writopia Lab (Hartsdale) and Jacob Burns Film Center (Pleasantville.) Both will provide teaching artists to participate in the event.
As in past years, students will have the opportunity to give back to local communities by donating gently used books at the workshop. Our goal is to collect 2013 books, which will be donated to elementary school libraries in areas affected by Hurricane Sandy.
Registration takes place online at www.youngwritersworkshop.eventbrite.com from January 22 through February 14. Those who register after February 14 will be charged a $10 late fee and are subject to workshop availability. (Registrations will not be accepted after February 26.)