A group of 14 Bronxville High School sophomores, lead by English teacher Franco D’Alessandro, gathered for a day of creative writing workshops and training with other talented writers at the Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES sponsored 2016 Young Authors Conference, held on March 14 at the Westchester Community College in Valhalla.
The annual conference, titled “Writing: Possibilities and Potential,” drew hundreds of high school students from throughout the Lower Hudson Valley who share a passion for and interest in writing. Students worked with professional writers, including novelists, poets, editors and journalists, learned from their craft and discovered a variety of career paths for writers.
The students participated in college-level workshops, that included lessons on writing poetry, playwriting, screenplay, murder-mystery stories, as well as workshops on how to write a college essay, find their authentic voice and self-publish their work.
“Our students really enjoyed this wonderful experience and came away informed and inspired,” said D’Alessandro, a published and produced playwright who will launch a playwriting club at the high school next year.
According to the conference’s program, students had the opportunity to write, create, share and discuss their writings with other outstanding high school writers and recognize the potential of written language to explore thinking, explain feelings and beliefs and tell their stories.
Congratulations to the Bronxville High School students who were distinguished as outstanding young writers and were selected to attend the conference: Andrew Babyak, Jack Baxter, Daniel Bettino, Rachel Billings, Will Bogatryrenko, Jeb Burnell, Hana Eddib, Sophie Feinberg, Nanda Fraser, Griffin Garbarini, Drew Judkins, Devin Portner, Kelsey Ravesloot and Kat Ungvary.