Lit for teens and tweens

Best-selling authors offer workshops at ACC

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With movie tie-ins adding allure in some cases, young adult fiction is selling very well these days - even to adults who enjoy the creative, action-packed stories. Think: "Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins, "The Divergent Series" by Veronica Roth, books by John Green, Cassandra Clare, Lois Lowry and again a best seller - J.R.R. Tolkein's "The Hobbit."

Arapahoe Community College will offer a workshop by a pair of best-selling authors for writers who are considering this market: "Lit for Teens and Tweens: A Writer's Workshop" is scheduled from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Feb. 13 in Room 3750, Third Floor at ACC in Littleton.

"Professional Eavesdropping and Other Ways to Create Dynamic Dialog" will be an interactive workshop with David Matthew-Barnes, author of 10 novels, including "Swimming to Chicago" and "Wonderland," nominated by the American Library Association for their annual "Rainbow Books." As a playwright, Barnes has also created over 40 stage plays that have been performed in three languages.

Jeannie Mobley writes historical and contemporary middle grade fiction and won the 2013 Colorado Book Award in Juvenile Fiction for her "Katerina's Wish." She teaches anthropology at Front Range Community College and will lead a workshop called "The Magic of Motivation: Taking your stories to the next level." Come prepared to think through character, plot and setting for a story you are working on - or conceptualizing. She will explore how to bring the bits and pieces together.

If you go:

The workshop includes dinner, reading, dessert, Q&A. It will be held in Room 3750 on the Main Campus of ACC. Fee: $25-must have check by Feb. 11 midnight; $15 for registered students. RSVP required (designate which workshop): Writersstudio@arapahoe.edu.  Send check to: Dr. Katherine Winograd, Arapahoe Community College, Writers Studio, Campus Box 27, 5900 S. Santa Fe Dr., P.O. Box 9002, Littleton, CO 80160-9002.

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