Teens who like to write will have a special opportunity this Saturday, Feb. 1, at Mentor Public Library.
Everyone who registers for the workshop will also get a free copy of Canary. Alpine’s book tells the story of Kate Franklin, a teenage girl who is sexually assaulted by a popular student-athlete and then told by her father to keep it a secret.
Alpine said she wrote the book, in part, to encourage young people to tell their stories—whether through writing or other means.
“It is so important to get your story out and never have your voice silenced,” Alpine said. “No matter how hard it is, someone is going to listen. It’s through stories that people find understanding, strength and inspiration. We need to tell our stories because if we don’t, who will?
Alpine will share her insights on writing and the path to publication with teens Saturday.
“We’ll be doing a variety of writing exercises to get their creative juice flowing and keep them writing well beyond the workshop,” Alpine said. “I’m also looking forward to talking with them about publishing, everything that goes into getting your book onto the shelves, and answering any questions they might have about writing.”
Alpine said the best writing advice she ever received was twofold: Read as much as you can and write every day.
“It doesn’t matter whether what you’re writing is good. You just want to get into the habit of creating new words each and every day,” she said.
Teens can register for Alpine’s writing workshop by calling the Mentor Public Library at (440) 255-8811 ext. 215 or on the library’s website.
People can learn more about Alpine and her writing at www.rachelealpine.com.