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Library Announces Creative Writing Contest, 'Write-On Festival' For Teens

Deadline for contest entries is Oct. 17.

The Write-On Literary Festival, sponsored by The Gift of Carl Foundation, is coming to the for the sixth year.  The festival is open to any students in grades 7-12 who have an IPPL card or are attending schools in the Indian Prairie Public Library District.

Cool Compositions, a creative writing event, invites teens to submit works in three categories:  original poem, short story, and adaption of a folk or fairy tale.  Submissions can be made until October 17.  Cash prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place in all three categories.  Entry forms are available at the Indian Prairie Library Kids & Teens Ask Us Desk and online at ipplteens.info.

On Thursday, October 20 at 7 p.m., teens can meet James Kennedy, author of the teen fantasy novel The Order of Odd-Fish during Dome of Doom.  Teens will have a chance to write insults in the classical Eldritch City style and then perform them in fighting/dancing duels with insane battle music.  Winner gets a signed copy of The Order of Odd-Fish.

On Thursday, October 27 at 7 p.m., teens can meet Stephanie Kuehnert, local teen author of Ballads of Suburbia and I Want to be Your Joey Ramone. Kuehnert will conduct a hands-on writing workshop, and discuss how writing helped her survive her suburban teenage years.  There will be a chance to win a signed copy of one of her books. 

On Thursday, November 10 at 7 p.m., Alex Finn, the bestselling author of Beastly, now a major motion picture, and Cloaked and A Kiss in Time will share her writing techniques as well as announce the winners of Cool Compositions and award the prizes.  Books will be for sale by Frugal Muse.

For more information on The Gift of Carl Foundation, created to share the spirit and memory of Darien teen Carl Vuillaume, visit giftofcarl.org. Teens should register for all "meet the author events" and can pick up tickets at the library's Kids & Teens Desk. Tickets also can be reserved by calling the library at (630) 887-8760, ext. 264.

Individuals who require an accommodation for a disability for any library program should contact the library at least five days before the program. The Indian Prairie Public Library, at 401 Plainfield Road in Darien, serves 44,000 residents in all of Willowbrook, most of Darien, and parts of Burr Ridge and unincorporated areas.  For more details, visit ipplteens.info

The above is a press announcement from the Indian Prairie Public Libary.

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