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Scarsdale Library to Host Teen Writers Conference

SCARSDALE, N.Y. – The Scarsdale Public Library will hold its second annual Teen Writers Conference from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 11, at Scarsdale High School.

Registration is required, and the deadline has been extended to Friday, May 4. The form is available online and can be filled out and emailed to or submitted at the front desk of the Scarsdale Public Library, Scarsdale High School Library or Scarsdale Middle School Library.

Writers from a variety of media, including TV, books and newspapers, will share their knowledge and experience with students in sixth through 12th grades. Each student will be able to attend two workshops.

About 90 teens attended last year's inaugural event, said Scarsdale Library Executive Director Elizabeth Bermel.

"The Teen Board started this last year," she said. "They were inspired by the Young Writers Conference for younger kids, which is planned by parents. They missed that event, and decided to do it, and they just ran with it and did a wonderful job."

This year's workshops include "Think Like A Script Writer/Novelist," led by Todd Strasser, who has written more than 130 works of fictions for teens; "Finding Your Voice," led by nonfiction author Marilyn Johnson; "The First Page," led by Edgar Award winner Sheela Charli; "People Make the Best Stories," and " Writing From Police Records," led by journalist Carrie Gilpin; "Taste Test," led by journalist Barbara Josselsohn; "The Art and Business of Short Story Writing," led by author Jacob Appel; "Secrets to Writing for TV & Film," led by TV, film and digital producer, director and writer Bruce David Klein; "Get Writing," led by Nancy Zachary; and "Friday the 13th," led by children's novelist Alice Scovell Coleman.

The workshops will be followed by a reception featuring dinner and baked goods.

There is no charge to attend, but donations are encouraged; checks should be made out to Friends of the Scarsdale Library and submitted at the conference.

The Scarsdale Public Library is at 54 Olmsted Road.

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