Last year, Canyon Crest Academy's Creative Writing Club President, Julia Camilleri, who also organizes the annual CCA Writers' Conference, saw a need for writing workshops at the middle school level. "I had many parents of middle schoolers try to register their students for the annual writers conference at CCA, which is aimed at high school students. It showed me that there was an interest in creative writing at the middle school level and, with the support of several CCA students and author Kathy Aarons, who is the club mentor, we had a very successful first session."
The 20 students who joined the Writing Club attended presentations by several local authors, practiced writing the many techniques they learned about and participated in critique groups. "I'm glad to see kids being encouraged to write and learn their craft," commented author Lisa Kessler, who taught the students to write Flash Fiction, a favorite activity with many of the attendees. "There are so many after-school activities they could choose. Seeing so many choose to write was inspiring."
The next session of CCA's Creative Writing Club for middle school students starts on Friday, Sept. 16 from 3:30-5 p.m. Only pre-registered students will be able to attend. To register, contact Julia Camilleri at email@example.com