Indian Prairie library fest encourages young writers
Updated: December 17, 2012 1:57AM
DARIEN — The Indian Prairie Public Library encourages the next generation of great writers with the annual Write-On Literary Festival, taking place throughout October at the library, 401 Plainfield Road, Darien.
Sponsored by The Gift of Carl Foundation in memory of Darien teen Carl Vuillaume, the seventh annual event consists of a writing contest and author visit.
The Cool Compositions writing contests invites students in grades 7 through 12 to submit their original poetry, short stories and songs through Oct. 29.
This is the second time that song writing is part of the writing contest. The last one was held in 2008.
“It was the most well-attended writing workshop we’ve had,” Sarah Joynt of the Indian Prairie Public Library said.
Singer-songwriter Andrew Salgado of Darien will conduct songwriting workshops on Oct. 24 and 25 and will serve as the judge of the songwriting portion of the contest. Register at the kids and teens desk, by calling (630) 887-8760, Ext. 264, or online at calendar.ippl.info.
Cash prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place in all three categories. Entry forms are available at the kids and teens desk at the library, 401 Plainfield Road, Darien, and online at writeon.ippl.info.
Jay Asher, author of Thirteen Reasons Why and The Future of Us (co-authored by Carolyn Mackler), will visit the library at 7 p.m. on Nov. 8.
Asher will discuss his writing career and sign books, which will be available for purchase. To register, call (630) 887-8760, Ext. 264 or online at calendar.ippl.info.
The festival is free and open to students in grades 7 through 12 who have an Indian Prairie Public Library card or are attending schools in the Indian Prairie Public Library District.