I believe it is important to encourage young people to enter the wonderworld of the written word. Young people write, like the rest of us, to communicate to the hearts and minds of others what's burning inside them. They write a necessity of words. They don't learn how to write their stories from us, but they learn confidence, self-awareness, self-expression, and acceptance.
Last night we closed the gap between young and old. Our young writers brought the words of their hearts, and our experienced writers did the same. Ed Pacht, who has a talent for writing on the fly, brought the evening together by collecting some of the themes and ideas of our young writers, and expressing them in his poem. He showed them we were listening, and he brought the house down!
I sincerely thank all of you who came to support this event, and the young writers who participated. Special thanks to Doug Decker from Nute High School, and Monique Shutt from Spaulding High School, who were present to support the event, and who support our young writers every day in their work as teachers. And thank you to all who support Rochester Writers Night. You've made it one of the best in the seacoast!
It was a brilliant evening.
|A Young Nute Poet reads her work.|
|A young writer recites portions of her story.|
|The attentive crowd listens to the work of a young writer.|
|Following the young writer feature, it was the adult's turn to read their work.|
|Writers, whether young or more seasoned, enjoy listening to each other's work.|