Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Summer Reading & Writing in Charlotte, NC

If you are like me, you try to plan a mixture of summertime events which your children will enjoy as well as profit from. In our latest issue of Talking Story, Joyce Hostetter and I suggested several summer activities which families can enjoy.

Today, an editor from Charlotte Parent wrote and asked me to tell you about an event which they sponsor, the 2010 Young Authors Book Writing Contest. The deadline is not until November 4, but if you are looking for a stimulating activity for your budding K-8th grade author, you can get him or her started on their story this summer.

And, if your 5th-10th grader has 3 or 4 friends who want to really get ready for the contest, I offer writing classes and would be happy to work with a small group of students during the summer. You can email me at for more information.

If you live in or around Cornelius, a colleague of mine and talented writer, Lisa Williams Kline, is also offering workshops for teen writers. The workshops are at the Warehouse Performing Arts Center; scroll down until you see Teen Writers Loft. For more information, you can email Lisa at

And if you need further "proof" that your children should be reading over the summer,  this article will convince you.

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elysabeth said...

I looked at the info about the young authors contest but there wasn't much information - just one line. Is there any other reference to this and how do we get something like that in our area - lol?

I think all kids need something like this, and as authors we need to do all we can to encourage the upcoming generation of authors and illustrators too. Thanks for sharing - E :)

Elysabeth Eldering
Author of the Junior Geography Detective Squad, 50-states, mystery, trivia series

Where will the adventure take you next?

Carol Baldwin said...

Yes, Elysabeth, I had the same thought about their website. In fact, I emailed the editor and suggested she put up more information. If you want to do something like this in your area, contact your local parenting newspaper. SOunds like a great idea to me!

Anonymous said...

Necessity is the mother of invention.............................................................

Jean said...

A very cool idea. I do wish someone had encouraged me to write when I was a child and a teen. I probably would have taken a different tact in college if I had been encouraged to follow that little yearning to write.


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