Writing Children’s and YA Literature to build empathy

Are you a children’s or YA literature author looking to build empathy in your readers?  Come to the Wordcrafters Writing Workshop at the Springfield Public Library at 5 p.m., Monday, May 13. Based on Melissa Hart’s Better with Books: 500 Diverse Books to ignite Empathy and Encourage Self-Acceptance in Tweens and Teens (Sasquatch, 2019), this workshop teaches writers of children’s and YA literature how to craft characters that build empathy in readers.  Using examples from diverse bestsellers, the class will look at how authors write what they know and create characters that reflect kids’ real lives and experiences. The class will discuss the #ownvoices and We Need Diverse Books movements, and give you tools to mine your own experiences for inspiration to ensure that the characters you create represent an authentic and respectful portrayal within a compelling plot.

Instructor Melissa Hart is the author of two memoirs for adults – Gringa and Wild Within – and Better with Books: 500 Diverse Books to Ignite Empathy and Encourage Self-Acceptance in Tweens and Teens (Sasquatch, 2019) plus the award-winning middle-grade novel, Avenging the Owl (Sky Pony, 2016). She is Contributing Editor at The Write Magazine and can be found at www.melissahart.com

Each month, the Springfield Public Library hosts a free writing workshop for the community, presented by Wordcrafters in Eugene. All are welcome to join the free writing workshops. Adult library events are made possible by a sponsorship from the Springfield Public Library Foundation.

All events are free and open to the public.

What: Writing Children’s and YA Literature at the Springfield Public Library

When:  5:30-7:30 p.m., Monday, May 13

Where:  Library Meeting Room, Springfield Public Library, 225 5th St, Springfield OR 97477

Additional Information: Mark Riddle, 541.726.2238, mriddle@springfield-or.gov

 

Photography Workshop for Teens

Teens, learn how to make the best use of your digital cameras at 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 7 and Tuesday, May 14. This is a two-part workshop. You are encouraged to come to both, but are welcome at either. If you have a phone, tablet, or camera, bring it along. If you do not, share one of ours! We will be taking pictures outside, so dress for the weather.

This program is free and intended for teens, ages 12+. Programs at Springfield Public Library are generously supported by the Friends of Springfield Library.

What: Photography Workshop for Teens

When:  4:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 14 and May 21

Where:  Library Conference Room, Springfield Public Library, 225 5th Street, Springfield OR 97477

Additional Information: Cara Kinsey, 541.726.4653, ckinsey@springfield-or.gov

 

Bike Month Fun with Cuentos Bilingual Storytime

Come to Saturday Cuentos at 11 a.m., on May 18. May is Bike Month! Join us as we read Spanish and English language books and play bilingual games, sing songs and do a craft all about bikes! Families who ride their bikes or walk to the storytime will be entered into a special prize drawing.

¡Mayo es el mes de bicicletas! Acompáñenos para Cuentos Sabatinos a las 11 a.m., el sábado, el 18 de mayo para leer libros en español e inglés, hacer actividades bilingües,  juegos y canciones bilingües, y hacer manualidades–¡y todo acerca del tema: las bicicletas! Las familias que vengan en sus bicicletas o caminan a pie a la biblioteca puedan participar en una rifa de premios especiales.

Families of all ages are welcome! ¡Se invita a las familias con niños de todas las edades!

What: May is Bike Month Cuentos Bilingual Storytime/Cuentos Bilingües

When:  11 a.m., Saturday, May 18

Where:  Children’s Window Corner, Springfield Public Library, 225 5th Street, Springfield OR 97477

Additional Information: Kristen Curé, 541.726.2232, kcure@springfield-or.gov

 

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