We are eager for local San Miguel youth to experience the excitement of the Conference and to keep alive the vision of themselves as writers.
During the Conference, we present a workshop for sixty teens in two separate sessions. For 12 to 15 year-olds, the instructor is celebrated children’s author and illustrator, Duncan Tonatiuh; For older teens, 16 to 18, the instructor is veteran teacher, Rosi Zorilla. These young writers have an intensive writing experience in which they write, read aloud, and receive feedback. For many, it is a major step in their enjoyment of and confidence in writing as an experience in self-expression. The youth are selected from local San Miguel high schools. The workshops are supported by the Greenhaw Community Fund (learn more at sanmiguelliterarysala.org), and are free to the youth.
During the Pizza Party at the end of the workshops, we present three mini-laptop computers (more if we obtain the donations) to the three teens who have progressed the most with their writing skills. Several young writers from the workshops will present their work to the entire Writers’ Conference prior to the keynote address on Friday evening. This gives the teens another enriching experience and gives us an opportunity to see first-hand how important these workshops are as a part of the Writers’ Conference.