Student writers to share work



BAR HARBOR — Students from the Conners Emerson School have spent the past six weeks learning about storytelling with internationally-bestselling author Carrie Jones. The students will debut their tales at an author event at the Jesup Memorial Library on Thursday, Feb. 28 at 3:30 p.m.

Jones’s award-winning fiction has been translated into multiple languages, and ended up on both New York Times and international best sellers’ lists. She received the Independent Book Publisher’s Award for her first novel, Maine Literary Awards and multiple press awards, as well as landing on multiple best book lists.

Jones, who has also been an award-winning newspaper editor, columnist and photographer, received a MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts, which has named her a Distinguished Alum.

“The Write Stuff” is a collaborative program between Conners Emerson School, MDI High School, and the Jesup Memorial Library. The program is designed to help kids become storytellers in three different ways: orally, in writing and through poetry.

There are three more “The Write Stuff” storytelling workshops for students coming up in the next few months.

There will be a workshop about poetry and improv with Nicole Cardano beginning on Thursday, March 7 at Conners Emerson. The public poetry performance is scheduled on Thursday, April 25 at 3:30 p.m. at the Jesup. There will also be two three-week workshops for all high school-aged students, one that focuses on oral storytelling with Andrew Simon beginning on Tuesday Feb. 5 at MDI High School and another about prose writing with Carrie Jones starting on Tuesday March 19, also at the high school. To register for the workshops at the high school, contact Davonne Pappas at 288-5402.

“The Write Stuff” is funded by a grant from the Maine State Library with support from Machias Savings Bank. For more information, contact program director Melinda Rice-Schoon at 288-4245 or mrice@jesuplibrary.org.

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