Authors program helps youngsters with the write stuff


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Suntree/Viera Library Youth Services coordinator Scott Hauge, left, will present a Young Authors program each month at the library for budding writers like Riley Shortt of Viera.

VIERA VOICE Mike Gaffey

Budding Hemingways or Dickenses can still hone their literary skills on or after the Feb. 27 return of Suntree/Viera Library’s popular Young Authors program.

Scott Hauge, the library’s head of youth services, will teach young writers between ages 9 and 16 the basics about penning books, short stories, novels, plays and screenplays. Participants share their works with classmates during a two- to three-week period at the end of the monthly program.

“They’ve written some really amazing stuff,” Hauge said. “I was really impressed.”

The series sprang from a children’s short story-writing program at the library that got a tremendous response, Hauge said. 

“Based on that, I put forth the idea of a young authors program and I got a very good response to that, too,” he said. “We averaged approximately 16 regular students during last year.”

Sessions are scheduled from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. every third or fourth Thursday of the month at the library at 902 Jordan Blass Dr. 

Hauge said he will present the program from the beginning, so anyone who missed any classes in 2013 or wants a refresher can sign up. As he did last year, Hauge plans to have local authors speak to the young writers.

Participants should bring a notebook and a pen or pencil. Registration is ongoing, but isn’t limited to kids in the 9-to-16 age group, Hauge noted.

“I had a 6-year-old who came in and attended several sessions of the program, and she was able to share some of the stories she had written,” he said. “It was really great.”

This month’s program will be on Thursday, March 27. For more information, call 321-255-4404. VV