Library Launches Teen Writing Group

The Kent Island Branch of the Queen Anne’s County Free Library will host a teen writers group this summer for ages 11-18.

The group will meet on three Tuesday afternoons at 3pm for about an hour. Dates are June 19, July 3, and July 17.

Each session will offer teens the freedom to experiment with genres and styles, including poetry, short fiction, and creative non-fiction. Sharing work is encouraged but never required. Writing groups are designed to be a safe, non-judgmental environment in which writers are encouraged by peers.

The idea for a teen writing group was inspired by the library’s recent visit from Newbery-medal-winning author Jack Gantos, who showed students in Jeff Harbour’s Stevensville Middle School language arts classes the journals that he began writing when he was their age. Gantos encourages young writers to purchase journals and write about their lives for 10 minutes each day. His writings later formed the basis for many of his novels.

The library will also host its second session of Local Voices, an opportunity for writers from ages 11 through adult to share an original piece of creative writing, on Tuesday, June 26 at 7 p.m.

The programs are free of charge. Snacks are provided. No registration is required. For more information, please contact the Kent Island Branch Library at (410) 643-8161, or visit the Teen and Adult Events link at the library’s website, The library is located at 200 Library Circle in Stevensville.