by Mike Cecconi

The Little Falls Public Library is pleased to announce a new on-line Creative Writing class this fall/winter season for young writers in the 5th through 8th grades on Fridays from September 18th through December 18th. It will be taught via the Zoom remote-conferencing platform by library staff member Carol Whritenour each Friday, Thanksgiving Break Friday excluded, building over the course of the meetings from sentence and essay construction to the purpose and meaning of writing to the editing and sharing of finished works by the end of the term in December 2020.

The course instructor Carol Whritenour has a passion for both creative writing and developing young minds through learning. She holds a bachelors’ degree in Elementary Education from The College of New Jersey and in addition received extensive graduate-level instruction in the field of Education with a concentration in Reading Specialist from Georgian Court University. She has over twenty-five years of experience working in elementary and middle-school education, both as a classroom instructor and as an administrator. Carol strongly believes creative writing is an essential component of a child’s education and learning experience, that such work allows them to learn grammar and other language skills while also giving voice to their feelings and personal growth, tapping into their creativity and their imaginations. She hews toward Einstein’s quotation “Creativity is intelligence having fun” and plans to enrich with the coursework as such.

The first few weeks of the course will focus on the fundamentals of creative writing, constructing and deconstructing the base forms, moving on into a writing workshop approach, and analysis of the various purposes for which we write. Later classes will tie all those ideas together, into the creation, editing, and sharing of the pieces generated along the way. Each class will begin with a quick-write and sharing of that writing then a short lecture on the topic of that particular week, often involving examples of written works. Assignments will then be given and the balance of the time devoted to assistance on assignments and/or the sharing of current or previous works.

The Library looks forward to helping your young writers learn and grow, both in language skills and creatively as well! Again, the classes will be Fridays, September 18th through December 18th, Thanksgiving Friday excluded, for young writers in the 5th to 8th-grade range. The class will be conducted through the Zoom meeting app, with the initial Zoom meeting ID 922 0250 4036. To enroll for the course, please e-mail the Little Falls Public Library at littlefalls@midyork.org and if you have further questions, please check out the Library’s Facebook page or by phone at 315-823-1542. We look forward to helping the local community’s creative young minds reach their great potential!