Intelligence raises us above all other species. Imagination is what makes us soar.
This year, the Cuesta College Writers’ Conference focused on the power of writing.
Thanks to the scholarships provided generously by PG&E, I and other local high school teens were able to attend this inspirational conference (Sept. 19 to 20).
I attended sessions with many impressive guest speakers. Mr. Doug Richardson is a screenwriter who wrote the second and fourth “Die Hard” films. Jonathan Maberry, an author of postapocalyptic fiction and friend of Robert Kirkman (“The Walking Dead”), gave me advice on my fiction (and a sneak peak of the upcoming season of “The Walking Dead!”). I also met Mrs. Wendelin Van Draanen, author of “Flipped” and the Sammy Keyes series, and Mr. Mark Parsons, author of “Road Rash,” who talked about writing novels tailored to the young-adult crowd. A workshop with Mr. Greg and Ms. Makeyev, was a fun writing class for teens, perhaps the coolest I attended!
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I highly recommend writers of all ages to attend this conference next year.
And finally, a big thank you to PG&E, Cuesta College, Teri Bayus and Gabriela Rangel for arranging a memorable experience for teens.