Léna is also a Regional Manager for Writopia Lab whose mission is to foster joy, literacy, and critical thinking in kids and teens from all backgrounds through creative writing.

"Well, the question is, what do you want to believe? Do you want to live in a world where things are possible, or in one where they aren't?" Cin, Edges.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Writing with Tweens

The summer has been a hiatus from my own writing, but that doesn't mean I haven't been playing with words, plot and character development all along. Since the end of June I have had the privilege of instructing kids, tweens and teens all day long in the art of fiction writing, and Writopia in Westchester has quadrupled with the addition of our Larchmont location, hosted generously by Francine Lucidon at The Voracious Reader.

This has been a week of amazing 12-13 year olds, who type faster than I can think. We have some beautiful edgy realistic fiction, science fiction, fantasy and fairytales - even a mystery is being constructed. On Wednesday we were interviewed by Brian Donnelly of The Daily Larchmont, and he wrote an article called: Bookstore Lab Molds Young Readers into  Writers that came out yesterday.

These tweens will finish their short stories or the first part of their novellas today, and I look forward to working with them more during the school year.

And my new wordy addiction? Move over Scrabble, Lexulous, it's time for Whirly Word! (It's on my I-phone - I am armed and dangerous!)
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  1. So cool to read about tween writers at work! Cheers to Writopia, The Voracious Reader--and you, Lena!

  2. That's amazing! Good work on helping these tweens discover the love of writing. ;)

    Whirly Word huh...will have to find that on my iPhone since I love word games.

  3. Great work, Lena. It is fun to see a photo of all of you writers in action. You keep inspiring me! September 21 I start the second Freewriters workshop at the Bridge Teen Center. This time we're doing 5 weekly sessions on short story.

  4. Thank you peoples! And Barabara, thanks for stopping by and introducing yourself! I see that you are in the hood - maybe we could connect in person sometime!

    Cherie, you will LOVE Whirly Word.

    Amanda, I LOVE that you are getting into this work too!

  5. Yes, Francine Lucidon suggested I look you up! (I did a signing at The Voracious Reader with Nora Raleigh Baskin.)

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