Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Coaches needed for Steinbeck Young Authors’ Day of Writing

Are you good with the written word? Do you like working with youth?

The National Steinbeck Center is looking for writing coaches for their 12th Annual Day of Writing on March 2, 2015, a segment of the Steinbeck Young Authors program created to provide students with the opportunity to explore the excitement of writing while enhancing their writing skills.

Students discover the works of John Steinbeck through the novella The Red Pony. During the Day of Writing, students write an essay combining their personal life experiences and their reflections on the story. Students are paired with a writing coach from the community -- here's your chance to volunteer -- and later on, experts judge the students’ final works.

Volunteers need to commit for a bit over three hours. The schedule is:

· 10:30 – 11:45 a.m. – Coffee, overview of program, and tips on working with students.

· 11:45 a.m. – 1:45 p.m. – Lunch and working with students on their essays.

For more information or to sign up, contact Elizabeth Welden-Smith at

This year’s award ceremony will be held at the National Steinbeck Center on Sunday, May 3, 2015. All of the students’ essays are published in the Gabilan Journal and available for purchase on this day.

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