Teen Creative Writing Club is BACK,

virtually via Zoom!

Angie Tonucci and Mary Senger led a creative writing club for teens locally at the public library in Springfield, IL from 2016 until the pandemic hit in 2020.  It was hugely successful, and we had a lot of teens involved, calling them the "Imaginators" as they worked together twice a month to brainstorm ideas, practice writing exercises, start new creative projects, and finetune their skills.  After a long hiatus, WE ARE BACK!  And now, because we will be virtual, the club is open to everyone, no matter where you are!  The meetings are a safe and positive space for learning and sharing.  We encourage diverse personal experiences in writing by being open to all, and we have a strong focus on empowering marginalized voices.  BIPOC teens, LGBTQ+ teens, and teens with disabilities are especially encouraged to participate!  The meetings will start out monthly on every FIRST WEDNESDAY from 7-9pm Central Time and are totally FREE!  They are open to any middle or high schooler who is at least 13 years old.  (A separate group for older teens and young adults will be starting in June!)

Angie is an author and poet who has extensive professional experience with kids and teens, including eight years working with schools, Girl Scout troops, and other organizations as a Humane Educator, four years as the Volunteer Manager of the Springfield Animal Protective League, and two years as an AmeriCorps Youth Mentor with Boys & Girls Club of Central Illinois.  She has been working as a facilitator for the Phoenix Center yOUTh group since May of 2019.

Mary has a degree in English Education with a Middle School Endorsement, having taught lessons on Rhetoric, Storytelling, and Early American Literature. She led her own screenwriting workshop in 2016 with students ages 8-14, walking the group through writing, storyboarding, and producing a short film. Additionally, she has spent two years at the Blessed Sacrament School Before and After School Enrichment Program with students aged 3-14, assisting with activities and crafts, homework, and general childcare. Currently, Mary works at Henson Robinson Zoo as Lead Recreation Associate and will be working with the Education Facilitator to provide programming for youths. Mary has finished one draft of a novel and published two poems in her writing career.

References for both Angie and Mary are available upon request, and parents/guardians are welcome to join in on their child's first meeting to check it out!

Complete the form below for more information and to sign up!  The Zoom link will be sent to participants the a few days before our next meeting on May 5, 2021 at 7pm!

Writing Club Application Form

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