News Release News Release The City of Palo Alto
Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


PRESS RELEASE 02/26/2011
Subject :

Palo Alto City Library Presents Free Teen Writing Workshops
Contact : Jenny Jordan, Library Services Manager    650-463-4961

Palo Alto, CA – In March 2011, Palo Alto City Library will present a two-part writing workshop series for teens in grades 6-12. The presenter, Jill Wolfson, is an author, teacher and journalist who has written award-winning books for young adults including “What I Call Life,” “Cold Hands, Warm Heart,” and “Home and Other Big Fat Lies.” Teens will discover writing tips and secrets as well as have the opportunity to ask questions about the publishing world, work on writing techniques and meet other teen writers. To learn more about Jill, visit her website at

Part I: Characters Come to Life!
Saturday, March 5, 3-4:30 p.m.
Temporary Mitchell Park Library, 4050 Middlefield Road
Use your imagination and life experience to create intriguing characters. We will experiment with improvisation and other interactive games and activities to bring your writing to life.

Part II: Use Your Good Sense(s)
Saturday, March 12, 3-4:30 p.m.
Temporary Mitchell Park Library, 4050 Middlefield Road
Strong writing relies on using all of your senses.  In this workshop, we will draw on our powers of sight, sound, smell, taste and touch to create powerful poetry and prose.

“This is a hands-on workshop so everyone is invited to bring pen and paper and get ready to write,” said Laurie Hastings, Teen Services Librarian. 

This program is made possible through a grant from the Friends of the Palo Alto Library.

Pre-registration is required for each program and space is limited. To sign up, use the Library Calendar of Events found at