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Three sessions of a Teen Writing Club, coordinated by Simone Arias with assistance from SDW/EG members, have been held at the University Community Branch of the San Diego Public Library. Larry Hoeckelmann, Youth Services Librarian, has been instrumental at making it possible for SDW/EG members to provide services to aspiring teen writers at this library branch.

The first session on writing fables was led by member Margaret Harmon. Margaret focused the students’ attention on four questions throughout the session:

  1. What would you love to write?
  2. What are you writing now?
  3. When did you decide to become a writer? Or will writing empower your ideal career?
  4. What do you want to gain from the Teen Writing Club?

The second session, led by Don Mayfield, addressed making the familiar unfamiliar through creative writing. Some students have indicated an interest in writing poetry.

The third session in December emphasized essay writing, including brainstorming ideas for the San Diego Public Library Essay Writing Contest.

The January 13, 2016, session will highlight “Techniques for Tantalizing Tales “ with emphasis on short story writing. Monthly meetings are now held on Wednesdays from 3 to 4 P.M. at the San Diego Public Library on Governor Drive in University City.

The number of student participants is still small, but the enthusiasm of those taking part, the Youth Services Librarian, and SDW/EG members involved thus far indicate the program offers great promise for the Guild to deliver on our mission – to promote, support, and encourage the writing art for adults and youth.

Those interested in assisting with this teen outreach program should contact the guild at sandiegowriterseditorsguild@gmail.com in order to be aware of requirements for taking part in library-sponsored activities.