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Summer Program Offers the “Write Stuff”

6/24/2008 —

DuBois – An all-new program for middle school and high school students at Penn State DuBois, could get students’ names in print.  “A Teen’s Guide to Writing Short Stories”  introduces students grades 8-12 to writing short stories, but also covers methods for getting their work published.  Instructor, Rob McGovern said he shows students how to seek out the magazines, journals, books and website that their work is most appropriate for, and teaches them how to get the work accepted.

“This class is designed to help them get published,” McGovern said.

But first, their writing has to be good.  McGovern tears down the parts of fiction writing to show students how it’s all put together.

“We examine the elements of literary fiction,” he explained.  “That way they can apply that to what they read and write to better understand the parts of a story.”  He adds, “Read the work of published authors as much as you can and apply what you like in your own style.”

A ninth grader at Punxsutawney Area High School, Hayden Muth says he now has a better understanding of what makes a story work.  “I’ve learned how to break writing down and look at the little details and the elements of fiction,” he said. 

Summer Youth Program Coordinator, Sueann Doran said this course is one of many offered during the Kids in College and Art, Science and Technology Institute this summer at Penn State DuBois. 

“We have classes for all ages, from infant to twelfth grade,” she said.  “Classes on writing, math, science, art and sports are all offered.”

Around 600 students are signed up for this summer’s sessions so far, but there’s room for more.  The next session starts July 7. 

For more information, contact Sueann Doran at 375-4716 or srd145@psu.edu  or log onto www.dubois.psu.edu/youth

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