Registration now is open for the 19th Annual Scarsdale Young Writers' Workshop. This community event for third to fifth graders is scheduled for Saturday, March 22, from 9:00 am 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 event will begin with a keynote address by C. Alexander London, author of the An Accidental Adventure and Dog Tags series of children's books. London, who also writes for adults (One Day The Soldiers Came: Voices of Children in War) and teens (Proxy), is a former journalist who reported from combat zones and refugee camps. He now is a full time novelist living in Brooklyn, NY. A sought-after speaker at schools, he’ll teach two interactive “master workshops” following his keynote address.
London will be joined by 36 talented professionals from the worlds of book publishing, journalism, technology, music, politics, art and more who’ll share their experience with students. This year, we’re proud to welcome a former presidential speechwriter, a senior advisor to a U.S. senator, a 30-year veteran of The Wall Street Journal, the co-founder of Colin Cowie Lifestyle and dozens of other accomplished New Yorkers. These experts will help students develop skills in a wide range of media, from pop art, song composition and public speaking, to criticism, story and character development and the art of the interview.
The Young Writers’ Workshop also is pleased to partner with two local cultural organizations – the Jacob Burns Film Center and Writopia Lab. Jacob Burns Film Center is a Pleasantville, NY-based non-profit cultural arts center dedicated to presenting the best of independent, documentary and world cinema; promoting 21st Century literacy; and, making film a vibrant part of the community. Writopia Lab is a New York City-based creative writing program for kids and teens, with a new location in Hartsdale, NY. Both organizations 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 school supplies for needy children at the workshop. Our goal is to collect notebooks, boxes of pencils and erasers and provide them to underprivileged students to encourage their creativity.
Registration takes place online at www.youngwritersworkshop.eventbrite.com from January 22 through February 14. Registrations after February 14 will be assessed a $10 late fee and are subject to workshop availability. (Registrations will not be accepted after February 26.)