FREE – Saturday, February 25, 12 – 2 p.m.
All 7th and 8th graders who like to write are invited to register. Come together with other writers to compare ideas and be inspired to write something new. Authors Stephen Lovely and M. Molly Backes, along with instructors from the Iowa Youth Writing Project will moderate this awesome event. Free pizza, open mic, and door prizes including a Kindle.
Stephen Lovely was born in Dallas, Texas and spent most of his childhood in Ohio. He attended Kenyon College, where he majored in English and made his first awkward forays into fiction writing. After graduating from Kenyon he moved to Boston and spent two years working on the editorial staff of Cell. He attended the Iowa Writers’ Workshop from 1990-92 and studied with Deborah Eisenberg, Margot Livesey, Ethan Canin, and Frank Conroy. Stephen then worked for seven years as a night clerk in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. He began writing Irreplaceable during this time. In 2005 he became the Director of the Iowa Young Writers’ Studio, a summer, residential creative writing program for high school students. He currently lives in Iowa City with his wife and their three dogs and three cats.
M. Molly Backes is the author of the young adult novel The Princesses of Iowa (Candlewick Press, 2012), which was named Chicago Public Library’s Best of the Best Fiction for Teens (2013), Forever Young Adult’s Best YA Books of 2012, and was a finalist on NPR.org’s Best-Ever Teen Novels list in 2012. Her work has appeared in The Prairie Wind, Human Parts, The Rumpus, and the anthology Good Dogs Doing Good. She has performed her personal essays at reading series including Essay Fiesta, Funny Ha-Ha, Is This a Thing? and Sunday Salon, and is a frequent guest at writing conferences and festivals across the country.
Special thanks to The Mill for supporting of One Book Two Book and the Jr. High Writing Jam.