MORRISTOWN, NEW JERSEY - The 2008 "Dancing with a Pen" Writers' Conference for teen writers, hosted by the Morris School District Community School, is scheduled for June 30 – July 3, 2008.
“Dancing with a Pen” Writers' Conference offers students in grades 7-12 opportunities for aspiring teen writers to develop creative writing skills and published teen authors to hone their craft.
Students attending “Dancing with a Pen” will participate in four days of workshops and activities aimed at stimulating the skills, creativity, enjoyment and satisfaction they receive from writing. The Conference will feature presentations by world-renowned writers and daily workshops where students will join with peers and teachers to share in the creative writing experience.
Students registering for the conference will select a genre of choice – fiction, poetry, journalism, or children’s literature – on which will be their focus throughout the four days. Each day will begin with a presentation by the author of the day, who will discuss his or her writing process, perhaps read from the students works and answer questions from the students and staff.
Following the presentations, students will break out into their particular genre writing groups, working with a teacher who will guide them in developing their own ideas about creative writing and their own written pieces. On the final day of the workshop the program will be extended one hour to allow time for the teens to share their creative writing and experiences with the entire group.
WHEN: June 30 – July 3, 2008
WHERE: Frelinghuysen Middle School in Morristown, New Jersey
TIME: 8:00am – 12:00pm each day.
The cost of the program is $200, which includes all materials and a daily continental breakfast. For registration information contact the Morris School District Community School at 973-292-2063 or register on-line at www.msdcommunityschool.org.
The Conference is funded in part by a grant from the Morris Educational Foundation, Morris County New Jersey.