Monday, June 02, 2008

Stories Wanted for Junior Authors Writing Contest!

Here is a press release for a contest sponsored by one of my talented clients. She is an inspiring teacher - if you know any tweens/teens that enjoy writing, this is the contest for them!


Ladner author Laura Thomas has partnered with Delta Parks & Recreation to offer a short story contest for kids. Top prize is a free spot in her Junior Authors creative writing course, a $144 value. Delta businesses including Albany Books, Black Bond Books, Ladner Starbucks, Staples North Delta, and Ricki Willing of Sutton Seafair have generously donated prizes for the second to sixth place finishers. There is no fee to enter and the contest is open to any student between the age of 11 and 17.

When asked what makes a winning story, Thomas says, “I’m not looking for Nobel laureates, but my standards are high. It’s an author’s job to sweat the small stuff like spelling and word choice. The winning writers will be those who show potential as storytellers. After all, writing is just telling stories without moving your lips.”

Aspiring authors are asked to send in their best story of 250-500 words, typed or neatly printed and with a creative title. Only one story per student will be accepted. Contest deadline is August 31st and entries can be dropped off or mailed to both the North and South Delta Recreation centres. The winners will be announced September 12, after which prizes will be presented at an awards ceremony.

Junior Authors launched in January of this year and is the brainchild of Thomas who is as passionate about teaching as she is about writing. The purpose of the workshop-style course is to help budding authors work on their creativity and writing technique as well as boost their self-confidence. After delving into short stories, script-writing and poetry, Thomas rounds out the course with a practical discussion of how to get published using examples from her own career. The course wraps up with a reading for family and friends.

In September, Junior Authors will be offered on Monday afternoons in North Delta, and Thursday and Saturday afternoons in Ladner. Enrolment is limited to 14 students per class. Registration opens August 14.

Laura Thomas is an accomplished author and storyteller from Ladner, BC. Her stories and poetry have been published in national magazines and during the last year she has done more than 40 preschool performances. Other courses she will be offering in September are: “Storytelling for Parents” with Delta Parks and Recreation; and “Seven Secrets of Spontaneous Storytelling” with Delta Continuing Education. Laura does her preschool and family shows as “Agent Story.”

You can catch Agent Story at the following venues: “Wonderfaire” at Gracepoint Community Church in South Surrey July 7-11; Tsawwassen Arts Centre stage July 19; Greater Victoria Public Libraries July 24- 26; and at the Firehall Centre for the Arts on August 22.

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