Young Writers' Conference
Press Release
February 5, 2008
Elisabeth Hinckley
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Stephen S. Wise is Proud to Present:

The Young Writers' Conference: Around the World in 80 Pages
February 24, 2008
Press Release--February 5, 2008--Los Angeles, Beach, CA--
The Young Writers' Conference (YWC) 10th season continues at Stephen S. Wise Temple Elementary School (SSWTES) Sunday, February 24th.  The Young Writers' Conference is a Los Angeles based organization dedicated to improving young people's writing skills by first instilling a passion for writing.  This is the third year that the YWC has been invited to bring their professional day-long conference to SSWTES.  Over 340 fourth, fifth and sixth graders will participate.  Principal Rochelle Ginsburg extended an invitation to both the students at SSWTES and from surrounding schools. 
bcKeynote Speaker      
Opening up the day's conference will be New York Times' best-selling author D.J. MacHale, author of the Pendragon-Journal of Adventure Through Time and Space, a series of seven novels, thus far. (Ten are planned.)  Along with being a novelist, MacHale is also a writer, director, producer and creator of several popular television shows and movies.  His credits include Ghostwriter (ABC/PBS), Are You Afraid of the Dark? (Nickelodeon), Tower of Terror (for ABC's Wonderful World of Disney), and Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective (HBO).  For more information, please visit: www.thependragonadventure.com. 
After the keynote address, the students will attend three different workshops that they selected and registered for online.  The students had a wide variety of sessions to chose from; ranging from comic book, to sports, to screen, to play-writing.  All are led by accomplished authors and educators and designed to create an environment where the joy of writing and self-expression is celebrated.
"The combination of inspiring keynote speakers, published authors, and noteworthy educators, all within the polished structure of a college conference, has proven, year after year, that students embrace being taken seriously and the opportunity to learn the skills that allow them to express themselves," explained Michelle Clark, conference coordinator for SSWTES.  "We appreciate the support that we receive from our Stephen S. Wise community, which allows us to continue to host this event."
Here are a few of the seventeen offered workshops:
djmachaleKeynote speaker D.J. MacHale will lead a session entitled, Write a Movie Scene in Ten Minutes.  Students will learn the trick of letting their imagination do the writing, see the different steps in the creative process and then perform some of the scenes.
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Ordained Rabbi and noted children's author, Stacia Deutsch, will lead a workshop entitled Time Travel with Me: Weaving History into Fiction.  The workshop comes with a promise that "You'll never say history is boring again!"  Her most recent Simon & Schuster Children's publication is In the Stars.  Other titles include, Betsy Ross's Star, Sacagawea's Strength, and  King's Courage.
Quinton Peebles has written and directed a number of successful films featuring such stars as Anne Heche, Tobey Maguire and Benicio Del Toro.  He is currently working on a project with Billy Crystal, but will spend the day at SSWTES  leading a session entitled, Frankenstein's Guide to Building the Perfect Character.
The day concludes with a Writers' Wrap Up assembly.
Bookstore and Book Drive

Mrs. Nelson's Bookstore will be on campus and open during lunch and after the wrap-up session.  They will feature the author's books from the conference in addition to a wide variety of others.  Mrs. Nelson's will be donating a portion of the proceeds to Stephen S. Wise Elementary School in books to give to their charity of choice.


There will also be a book drive to support Access Books.  Students who bring new or gently used books will receive raffle tickets.  The raffle/prize drawing will take place during the Writers' Wrap Up.



The Young Writers' Conference, hosted by Stephen S. Wise Temple Elementary School, is a community event involving students from a number of public and private schools in the Los Angeles area.  With the generosity of the participants and members of the community, several scholarships were awarded to deserving students so that they could have the chance to partake in this unique writing experience. 

Day at a Glance YWC.logo

  9:20 - 10:10:  Keynote Speaker
10:10 - 10:35:  Check in & Pick up of writing packets
10:35 - 11:30:  Session 1 (17 workshops held)
11:30 - 11:45:  Snack Break
11:45 - 12:40:  Session 2 (17 workshops held)
12:40  -  1:30:  Lunch & bookstore
  1:30 -   2:25:  Session 3 (17 workshops held)
  2:25 -   3:00:  Writers' Wrap Up 
Conference Information
Date: February 24, 2008
Time: 8:45 - 3:00
Location:  Milken Community High School (Upper School)
Participants: 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students
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ssw3About Young Writers' Conference


In 1998, the National Writing Commission on Writing in America's Schools issued a call to launch a writing revolution in our country's schools; a call that was answered with the foundation of the Young Writers' Conference (YWC) in the Los Angeles area.  Now celebrating its tenth year, YWC continues to bring their program, which is organized like a university conference, to elementary and middle school students throughout the Los Angeles region.  Pairing students with professional writers from a wide variety of disciplines, the students participate in a series of workshops designed to fulfill the mission of improving their writing skills by first instilling a passion for writing.  For more information, please visit: www.youngwritersconference.org or call 310-880-9176.