The Okanagan Regional Library (ORL) knows teens can be full of creativity and new ideas and wants to help unleash that talent over the summer.
The ORL is offering three ways for teens to work on their creative writing and harness their creative voices, whether through just one program or all three.
Teens can submit a written work to the library’s Teen Writing Contest.
Teens aged 13 to 18 can submit a poem, short story or song lyrics for a chance to win a $75 gift card from Indigo, Opus Art Supplies or Best Buy. The style and genre are open to whatever inspires the writer. All submissions will be published in an ORL eBook teen writing anthology called Paper & Press.
The second way teens can show their creative side is at the Slam! Open Mic Night. Words are the most powerful when presented by the crafter.On Tuesday, July 6 kick off the writing contest by sharing your creation and voice with other lovers of the written word. This will be an online event so teens can join from anywhere in the Okanagan. A $25 gift card and a book of poetry will be awarded to the winner of the slam.
Finally, before handing their pieces in, teens can participate in online writing workshops to hone their work.
From July 14 to Aug. 4, every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. there will be a writing workshop. For the first session on July 14, local young adult author Ashley Little will run a special edition of her workshop on character building to get started. Connect virtually with other writers, learn tips to improve on the writing process, and get supportive feedback on your work.
For more information, registration and submissions go to www.orl.bc.ca/teen-writing-contest.
For more chances to win, teens can also join the library’s Summer Teen Challenge: www.orl.bc.ca/stc.
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