Aspiring Writers Attend Young Authors Meeting

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Byline: Robin Wright

High school writers typically have little access to literary successes. For those who don't wish to wait two hours in line at a Border's book-signing party or whose parents don't have connections at the Pulitzer Prize Committee, the chances are very slim that the typical teenager will encounter a famous writer.

But 15 students at Buffalo Grove High School leapt over these hurdles and joined promising writing students from 10 other District 214 and 211 high schools at the 15th annual Northwest Suburban Young Authors Conference held earlier this month at Conant High School.

Joyce Fitzsimmons, BG's representative on the board of directors for the conference and an English teacher at the school, invited 15 of the most promising writers from her advanced creative writing, creative writing and English independent study classes to attend the workshop.

The workshop showcased seven published authors, ranging from Chicago Tribune contributor Bill Brashler to DePaul University creative writing professor and author of three poetry books. Also, Ann Calcagno gave tips on character development, narrative voice and getting written works published in literary journals.

Many of the participants are soon-to-be-published authors themselves in this spring's BG literary journal. The journal, which will be compiled by advanced creative writing students, will showcase poetry and prose of a certain theme and will serve as a method to learn the ins and outs of editing, computer illustrations and finely-honed writing talent. …