Northumberland high and middle school librarian Liz Hood put her idea for encouraging young writers into practice last week with the first of the “Lunch with a Writer” program she has started.
David Cariens, a local who has written a number of books and teaches writing, was the first writer to participate in the series.
Hood had approached English teachers with the idea of having actual published authors come talk with students who have shown an interest and aptitude in writing.
Getting a favorable response, she set it up. There will be a writer each month through January who will meet with three groups of 10 to 15 students during their lunch hours and talk about writing with them.
Cariens walked the students through the types of creative writing, technical and creative non-fiction but he stressed that the first thing the students have to do is learn to use the English language properly. “People are judged on how they speak,” he said. You also need the language “to be able to write.”
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Dave Cariens speaks with students during “Lunch with a Writer.”