(LAKEWOOD, Colo. – Dec. 31, 2013) Jefferson County Public Library will host a series of writing workshops geared to teens, featuring several noted authors, including Gina Damico, author of the Croak series. Topics covered will include writing prompts, manuscript editing, poetry writing, performance and more. The series of workshops will culminate with an author panel where participants will have the opportunity to hear from and interact with the authors.
“This series of workshops offers a unique opportunity for teens to interact with noteworthy authors, get their works critiqued, and gain some insight into the writing process,” said Chandra Jones, teen services librarian at Belmar Library. “Teens are an often overlooked population, so we are extremely excited to be presenting these opportunities to them.”
The workshops begin Thursday, Jan. 2 and conclude Monday, Jan. 6
Thursday, Jan. 2
Minor Disturbance Slam Poets
Learn to express your own voice.
1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. – Poetry in English
1:30 p.m. – Poetry in Spanish
3 p.m. – Poetry in Yuroba
Friday, Jan. 3
Beyond the Summit author Linda LeBlanc
Regis University Professor and author of The Ruins and other short stories David Hicks.
Saturday, Jan. 4
Kissing Shakespeare author Pamela Mingle
Former teacher and Lucy Dakota series author C.S. Shride
Sunday, Jan. 5
Edit your manuscripts and discuss the publishing process with Julie Anne Peters, author of By the Time you Read This I Will be Dead, Rage: A Love Story, and Luna. Limited to 10 participants; must register at jeffcolibrary.org/events and submit a piece of writing prior to the event (details given upon registration).
Croak series author Gina Damico leads an interactive workshop on fiction writing.
Monday, Jan. 6
Poetry Slam and literary readings. Perform alongside established slam poets. Email Chandra.Jones@jeffcolibrary.org  to register or sign-up in person at any previous author event.
Gina Damico, David Hicks, Linda LeBlanc, Pamela Mingle, and C.S. Shride will answer questions about the writing and publishing process.
For more information call 303-235-JCPL.
About Jefferson County Public Library
Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) is the third largest public library in the state of Colorado. Our mission is to meet the changing needs of our communities by providing information and environments that promote personal growth and community transformation. A JCPL library card is the smartest card in your wallet, giving you access to an online library that operates 24 hours per day, seven days per week, a network of 10 libraries, a Bookmobile, a Traveling Children's Library and an eTrain mobile computer training lab, as well as books, periodicals, CDs and DVDs, audio and eBooks, and computer and Internet resources. For more information contact your local library or visit jeffcolibrary.org.