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Writers workshop for tweens and teens in Huntington

Tweens and teens who dream of being writers

Tweens and teens who dream of being writers may enjoy the Spring-In to Writing: Authorpalooza and Tween and Teen Writers' Worshop from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 19, 2015, at the Huntington Public Library, where they will break into small groups with a published author for a hands-on writing workshop. Authors include Gae Polisner of Greenlawn, pictured. Credit: Huntington Public Library

Tweens and teens who dream of being writers may enjoy the Spring-In to Writing: Authorpalooza and Tween & Teen Writers' Worshop from 1 to 5 p.m. April 19 at the Huntington Public Library. There they will break into small groups with a published author for a hands-on writing workshop.

The event kicks off with a 90-Second Read session during which nine young-adult and middle-grade authors will read 90-second excerpts of their works. "I have a hotel bell. I usually give it to an overzealous child in the audience. They keep time and if the reader goes over the 90 seconds they can ding us out," says event organizer Gae Polisner of Greenlawn. "It usually happens to me."

After that the tweens and teens will break up into small groups, each assigned to a different author for writing advice on voice, character, plot and story.

"I'm trying to put out there an opportunity for tweens and teens to get back to the kind of creative writing I used to do, without being given an assignment . . . without worrying about a grade or a rubric," Polisner says.

Polisner is the author of two young-adult books, "The Pull of Gravity" and "The Summer of Letting Go." The latter was just released in paperback. Other authors participating are coming from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, Polisner says. They include Kat Yeh, author of "The Truth About Twinkie Pie," Matt Blackstone, author of "Sorry You're Lost" and Lynda Mullaly Hunt, author of "Fish in a Tree."

The event will also include book sales and signings.

WHAT Spring-In to Writing: Authorpalooza and Tween & Teen Writers' Workshop for youths 11 and older

WHEN | WHERE 1 to 5 p.m. April 19 at the Huntington Public Library, 338 Main St.

INFO Free, no need to have library card, but advance registration required; 631-427-5165, ext. 232, program codes is HMT199; thehuntingtonlibrary.org

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