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Writing camp helps participants hone skills

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Posted: Friday, August 16, 2013 4:30 am

The Stewart C. Meyer Library held a weeklong Writing Camp to help first- through fifth-graders improve their writing skills and learn useful techniques.

“It helps them get prepared to go back to school and in their school work for the upcoming year,” said instructor Betty Jasso, circulation manager for the library.

Jasso’s assistant, Sheridan Reid, has worked with the library’s writing camps for several years.

Reid, 17, is the daughter of Library Director Lisa Youngblood. She said the younger children focus more on simple things such as character development and plots.

“We start off with a story map and how to tell a story, then we break it down into general details,” Reid said. “The older groups focus on much larger details and go into more depth.”

On Wednesday, Jasso gave the younger students tips on proper interviewing skills before heading out for the day’s project.

The project was to interview the drivers that came to the library for the Big Truck End of Summer Party.

“Two questions you don’t want to ask them are how much money they make or how old they are,” Jasso told the writers.

With notepads and press passes in hand, 11 students interviewed the drivers and then came back to the classroom to discuss their experiences.

Claire Boohar, 8, said her favorite part of the camp was making googly eyes for the monster books. But she also discovered a thing or two. “I like putting the stories in, and I learned a lot like making a story map really helps making a book.”

Inspire creativity

Darlene Beckett enrolled her daughter, Makayla, in the program to inspire creativity before school starts.

“At her age, I like to put her in a little of this and a little of that to see what she likes,” she said. “I love Harker Heights library because they have a lot for kids. They keep them reading and give them incentive to read and write.”

Annie Lowe and her daughter Jade, 7, frequent the library’s events, which Lowe said helps her daughter build a natural interest in reading and writing.

Lowe also brought her niece, Min Seong, 9, who was visiting from Korea.

“I wanted to introduce (Min) to the library and give her some more experience with English,” Lowe said. “For my daughter, I realized that even in kindergarten they have to do a lot of writing so I wanted her to have a chance to play and see that writing can be fun.”

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