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Ralph Munn Creative Writing Program

Do you love to write? Do you want to hone your craft with the help of published authors?  Do you want to win great prizes for your work?  Then this is for you!

The Ralph Munn Creative Writing Workshop and Contest is a series of three workshops, and a contest with cash prizes, open to all high school students in Allegheny County.  We’ll also publish the best contest entries in an anthology that will be available at libraries throughout the county.  You don’t need to go to the workshops to enter the contest, but they’re a great opportunity to work with some really phenomenal local authors.

Poetry: Renée Alberts
Saturday, April 17 | 1-3 PM
CLP – Main, 4400 Forbes Avenue (Oakland), Classroom A (Portal Entry)

In this session, we will play writing games, read poems aloud and participate in a guided workshop of each others’ poems. We will offer each other support and constructive criticism and share our writing tips and experiences. Please bring a poem you wrote and would like feedback on. Also, bring another poet’s poem or song lyrics you like, a pen, and an open mind.

Short Fiction: Siobhan Vivian
Saturday, April 24 | 1-4 PM

CLP – Main, 4400 Forbes Avenue (Oakland), Classroom A (Portal Entry)

Siobhan Vivian will lead several creative writing exercises aimed at inspiring teens to produce great fiction. The interactive exercises will touch on three foundations of creative writing – plot, character and prose. Siobhan will also discuss her path to becoming a published author.

Siobhan Vivian is the acclaimed author of A Little Friendly Advice and Same Difference.

Narrative Nonfiction: Brian O’Neill
Saturday, May 8 | 1-3 PM
CLP – Allegheny, 1230 Federal St.

Narrative nonfiction uses literary styles and techniques to tell a true story. Brian O’Neill will preach the underappreciated virtues of short words, short sentences, simplicity, precision and wit in storytelling. He will show students how to cut to the chase and draw readers in.

Brian O’Neill is an award winning columnist for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

For more information about the workshop leaders and complete contest rules, including how to enter, check out the Ralph Munn website.

Karen

11 Responses

  1. Here’s an essay on a young poet’s journey through craft and the lessons learned along the way. Please read it at http://wp.me/pC3Xj-dK

  2. Its already June!!! When are the winners announced, and do you get the anthology by mail if you win?

  3. Its june already!!! Does any one know when the prizes come out and the winners are announced and why is it taking so long this year?

  4. Hi, keili. All participants were notified by mail last week, whether they were a finalist, published in the anthology, or not selected for publication. Most of the winners were notified by phone on Friday. The winners names will be published to the website sometime next week, once we’ve had a chance to speak to them all. It took a little longer to select the winners then in the past because the entry deadline was later. After the deadline, the editorial committee reads all the entries, selects the finalists, sends those to the judges, who then have to read them all and pick the winners. As you can imagine, with more than 200 entries this takes quite awhile! If you have specific questions, you can email teens@carnegielibrary.org, but I won’t be able to respond to your email until next week.

    Thanks for your interest,
    Karen Brooks-Reese
    Teen Services Coordinator

  5. Hi, keili. All participants were notified by mail last week, whether they were a finalist, published in the anthology, or not selected for publication. Most of the winners were notified by phone on Friday. The winner’s names will be published to the website sometime next week, once we’ve had a chance to speak to them all. It took a little longer to select the winners then in the past because the entry deadline was later. After the deadline, the editorial committee reads all the entries, selects the finalists, sends those to the judges, who then have to read them all and pick the winners. As you can imagine, with more than 200 entries this takes quite awhile! If you have specific questions, you can email teens@carnegielibrary.org, but I won’t be able to respond to your email until next week.

    Thanks for your interest,
    Karen Brooks-Reese
    Teen Services Coordinator

  6. how come I haven,t heard anything yet I ENTERED!!!

  7. How come I wasn’t notified I ENTERED!!!!

  8. Do you even know for sure if my essay is in the collection?

  9. Keili –

    I’ll check on the status of your entry as soon as I can, but I’m out of the office this week so it won’t be until Monday, at the earliest. In the meantime, can you please email the title and category of your entry to teens@carnegielibrary.org?

    Thanks,
    Karen

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