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ODE TO THE PAST (with the occasional nod to the present)

All about the kids

I couldn't be more excited about this. On March 12, I will be speaking to a group of teens at the Delray Achievement Center about writing, reading and why literacy matters.

The Delray Achievement Center targets kids from deteriorating neighborhoods, and helps break the cycle of poverty, and all the ills that come with it, by empowering and educating the next generation. Their work is important. Not only do they offer positive options for the after-school hours (when most juvenile crime and child abuse takes place), they give kids an edge through their superb programs.

I'm told the teens are hip to a discussion about writing, and that they're downright excited about a workshop we'll be doing together following my talk. I'll be telling them about my own background as an immigrant who had to work hard to assimilate, let alone succeed, and I'll be sharing some of my adventures from around the world. Then we'll get into the process of writing, from the first spark of inspiration to the rigors of research to the craft of storytelling. Should be great fun.

WXEL, our local PBS station, will be doing a segment on it, so if you're local, watch for it.
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