Attention Queens parents, teachers, and kids: Free creative writing classes and writing contest for kids!
Newtown Literary Alliance, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting writing and poetry in Queens, in partnership with Queens Library and City Council Members Daniel Dromm and Elizabeth Crowley, is offering free creative writing classes for kids and teens.
The next class is Saturday, January 27th at 3 p.m.–4:30 p.m. at Queens Library at Jackson Heights located at 35-51 81st St. for kids ages 8 through 12:
“Metaphor and Simile: Taking the Leap With Poetry”
Taking a literary leap, students will learn about and craft powerful, imaginative, and effective descriptions in poetry using simile and metaphor.
Using comparative devices is literary risk-taking. Students will read contemporary and traditional poetry, and together we will analyze simile and metaphor. Then, with prompts and exercises to further examine the relationships between words and ideas, students will learn how to craft poems with creative descriptions that stand on their own and carry the reader’s understanding, imagination, and attention.
Jackie Sherbow’s poetry has appeared in Day One and Luna Luna. She is an editor at Newtown Literary.
One student in each class will be randomly selected to receive a free hardcover notebook to keep all their writing in!
For more information, visit newtownliterary.org/writingclassesforkids
Newtown Literary is also running its biennial writing contest for Queens kids in grades 3 through 12. The winners are published in Queens’s literary journal, Newtown Literary, and have the opportunity to read their work at the awards ceremony in June. The deadline to submit poetry or fiction is March 29, 2018. For more information, rules, and to submit, visit newtownliterary.org/qyap.