Teen and pre-teen writers have a chance to talk about their work each month.
Every month the writer’s circle takes place at the Moose Jaw Public Library for youths aged 10 to 18.
“The library isn’t just about reading other people’s books,” said assistant head librarian Laura Shtern. “It’s really important to help burgeoning writers foster their own voice.”
The group meets once a month on Wednesday evenings year-round and in the summer they also meet on a Saturday afternoon per month. Beginning in September the group will continue to meet only one Wednesday per month again.
The next writer’s circle will be on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the public library.
“It’s a group of teens and pre-teens who get together and share their writing. It’s led by one of our reference staff,” said Shtern. “They do some writing exercises, but mostly they bring their own pieces and read them out and share them and critique.”
She said writing skills could be nurtured through discussion with others.
“Everybody’s always encouraged to bring their own pieces and yeah, sometimes there are sort of writing exercises planned ahead for everyone to do, but it’s very gentle critique and there’s a lot of sharing of writing and talking about ways to develop their writing.”
She added there is a core group of around half a dozen people that come to the writer’s circle. The number does tend to fluctuate, however, and she said some people come regularly while others come occasionally. The event is free and no registration is required.
“Anybody between 10 and 18 who’s interested in developing their writing skills who either is writing on their own or is just interested in maybe trying it is welcome to come out,” said Shtern. “It’s a very fun atmosphere, you know meet some people, meet some other writers and work on your work.”