Creative writing is the launching pad for many famous authors, and this summer’s free “Writers Rock” workshop at the White Plains Public Library will give kids an exciting stimulant in word-, character- and world-building. SUNY Purchase student Lina Cavalcanti, who will direct the four-Thursday courses at The Trove beginning on July 19, will bring a passion that began seven years ago when she first took summer writing classes at Purchase while in middle school.
“I see the workshop as an expansion from what I learned,” says Cavalcanti, who is targeting the program for fourth-through-sixth-graders. “I plan to cover the key elements of storytelling in a ‘writing camp’ that will be both educational and fun.”
The series opens July 19 with “Diaries Rock!” where Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Dork Diaries will be among the prototypes to show how much fun it can be to write about one’s life. “The kids will keep their own journals with artwork,” says Cavalcanti, “and what may seem to them as dull moments can turn into exciting ones.”
July 26 is “Zines Rock,” where the kids will create miniature magazines—with art—on subjects that they like. They will be emulating People and Us Weekly, which have published pocket-sized zines on celebrities.
August 2 is “Poetry Rocks!,” where the kids will use various styles of poems as inspiration to create their own. Included will be works from Cavalcanti favorites Naomi Shahab Nye and Shel Silverstein.
Wrapping the series on August 9 is “Genres Rock!,” where the kids will explore different writing specialties. “Comparing romance and macabre can be subtitled ‘Danielle Steel versus Edgar Allan Poe,’” says Cavalcanti. “They will get to try them all—from fantasy to sci-fi.”
The 60-minute programs start at 4:30 p.m. Seating is limited, and those interested should arrive at 4:00 p.m. each week to get tickets.
“Writers Rock!” is sponsored by the White Plains Library Foundation.