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Center for Writing hosts children’s literature bootcamp

August 16, 2012
Adirondack Daily Enterprise

LAKE PLACID - The Adirondack Center for Writing will host a children's literature bootcamp, "The Power of the First page," from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26 at the Northwoods Inn, Main Street, Lake?Placid.

Author Jo Knowles wil host this full day of hands-on workshopping focused on your first impressions. Participants are welcome to bring the first pages of their work-in-progress to read out loud.

Knowles and other workshop members help attendees strengthen the opening page to one of their own pieces.

Knowles is the author of the young adult novels "See You At Harry's," "Pearl," "Jumping Off Swings" and "Lessons from a Dead Girl." She has a master's degree in children's literature.

Some of her awards include the SCBWI Crystal Kite Award; A New York Times Editor's Pick, the PEN New England Children's Book Discovery Award; YALSA's Best Fiction for Young Adults, Quick Picks Top Ten, and Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults; International Reading Association's Young Adult Choices List; The Texas Tayshas List; and Bank Street College's Best Books for Children (Outstanding Merit).

Knowles lives in Vermont with her husband and son.

Registration is $75 for members of ACW and $85 for nonmembers, including the cost of lunch.

To register or with questions, contact the Adirondack Center for Writing at 518-327-6278 or visit

Learn more about Knowles at



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