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Kids Put Pen to Paper This Summer at SU

April 23, 2008

SELINSGROVE, (Pa.)-Elementary and middle school students can create their own literary masterpieces this summer during the 2008 Junior Writers' Workshop at Susquehanna University.

Designed for students who have completed grades 3-8, the workshop teaches students the creative writing process, and in conjunction with age-appropriate computer illustration and word-processing, guides them in the creation of an original story.

Middle-school students can attend one of two week-long sessions from 8:30 a.m.-noon daily. The first session, for students who have completed grades 7 and 8, will be held July 28-Aug.1. A second session will be held Aug. 4-8 for students who have completed grades 5 and 6. Fees for middle-school students are $170 for the week.

Students who have completed grades 3 and 4 may attend Aug. 11-15 from 8:30-11:30 a.m. for a fee of $145.

During the workshops, attention will be given to spelling, grammar, punctuation and sentence structure through individual and small-group instruction provided by trained professionals as well as Susquehanna University creative writing majors. However, the focus of the workshop is not to produce a polished final story, but rather to nurture students in the writing process and help them move their talents and abilities forward in a positive direction.

Experience with computers and familiarity with word processing is recommended. All sessions, which are limited to 16 students each, will be held on the Susquehanna University campus. Early drop-off is available each day from 7:45-8:30 a.m. for a fee of $15 per student.

Contact: Gerald Cohen


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