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Write On The River Youth Workshop

Every year, Write On The River offers an exciting opportunity to young writers in our region: a chance to develop their writing skill and passion in an intimate, engaging, two hour face-to-face workshop with a professional who is experienced in working with developing writers.  Open only to participants in Grades Nine through Twelve, the Write On The River Youth Workshop is the perfect way for teen writers to dip their toes into the writing world and jump-start their writing careers.

We are thrilled this year to be bringing in two writers for our Youth Workshop who are uniquely qualified to inspire and develop teen writers: Maureen Doyle McQuerry and Stephen Wallenfels.

Maureen Doyle McQuerry is a novelist, poet and educator. Her YA Steampunk novel The Peculiars will be released by Abrams/Amulet in May 2012 followed by the YA fantasy duo Beyond the Door and Time Out of Time. She has taught high school, middle school and college writing for many years and is published in many literary magazines. Maureen has presented at writing conferences including: PNWA, Willamette Writers, and Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. McQuerry and Steve Wallenfels have presented together for the Washington State Library Association and Rivers of Ink. They are founding members of www.YA-WA.com, Washington State’s Young Adult literature website.

Stephen Wallenfels was born in New Hampshire and lives in Eastern Washington. He is a freelance writer specializing in the health and fitness industry and has published over 100 feature articles and columns. Stephen’s first love is fiction, and he has published short stores for children in Highlights Magazine and Guideposts for Kids. His debut YA-SciFi novel, POD, was published by namelos in 2010, and his since been acquired by Penguin for a major release in spring 2011. POD is currently in 8 languages and over 30 countries. He is currently working on POD2.

Together, Ms. McQuerry and Mr. Wallenfels will be working with our young writers in a workshop they’ve titled Mapping Your Story.  This hands-on workshop will help teen writers map out the essentials for a compelling story.  What has to happen at the beginning of a story or novel to hook readers and set up the journey? What does each scene need to move a story forward? How do writers create tension that keeps readers turning the page? The unexpected but inevitable conclusion. Bring story ideas and /or a manuscript you’ve already begun and we’ll  journey together.