Paige Palmer (grade 9), Juston Button (grade 9), and Kailey Bartlett (grade 10) have been selected to attend Pen in Hand, an intensive writing conference held each March in Central New York. These students were selected after jury review of their original writing, not including test essays or class compositions.
Kailey, Juston, and Paige will join about 45 other high school writers from school districts across the region for a very full 2 days. Young writers will work with published authors/mentors through workshops, readings, and craft talks. It is predicted that our writing Vikings will return home with encouragement, new connections, ideas, and writing prompts and exercises to support their continued growth as writers.
Some of our alumni may also recall Pen in Hand: Ms. Sarah Yafchak helped student writers attend earlier conferences before her retirement.
This year’s 24th annual conference will be held in Little Falls, New York where our students will be chaperoned by Mrs. Kalin. Their participation is made possible through the Arts in Education program administered by DCMO BOCES.
Learn more about Pen in Hand from Libby Cudmore, a former Pen in Hand presenter and critically acclaimed novelist and author based in Central New York: https://bit.ly/2E9kMXY