AUBURN – A Young Writers’ Workshop will be offered by the children’s departments of the Auburn and Lewiston public libraries. The series has been offered since 1992 and each year is led by professionals in the field of writing and publishing.

This winter’s offering will involve young writers from the ages of 9 to 12 for a two-part workshop, meeting from 10 to 11:15 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 28 and Feb. 4 (snow date Feb 11). Both sessions will beheld at the Lewiston Public Library Children’s Department.

James L. Nelson, workshop leader, graduated from Lewiston High School in 1980. After a year of hitchhiking and motorcycling around the country, he attended college, graduating from UCLA Film School in 1986.

Nelson has 14 books, fiction and nonfiction, published or in the process of being published. His books have sold in the United States and the United Kingdom and have been translated into several languages.

Nelson will instruct young writers in the basics of good storytelling and the elements of the short story, with pointers on how to write better fiction. Students will write and critique their own short stories.

Children may register in person or by calling either library. The workshop is limited to 12 participants, all of whom will receive an assignment sheet to guide them in producing a short story that can be discussed.

The program has been sponsored by the Friends groups of both libraries.

For more information, call the Auburn Public Library at 782-3191, ext. 3, or the Lewiston Public Library at 784-0135, ext. 4.

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