THE ARTS: The Writer’s Life

The Long Island Writers Guild will hold two ongoing workshops at the Bellmore Memorial Library in March: on March 6, at 10:30 a.m., and on March 20, at 10:30 a.m. The workshops help inspiring writers get published by helping them hone their skills. Accomplished authors from the writer’s guild make up the instructors, along with special guest authors. For information contact the library at 785-2990, or visit

Meanwhile, The North Bellmore Public Library will hold a writer’s critique group on Wednesday, March 7, and again on Wednesday, April 11, both at 7 p.m., to give authors and writers input and feedback on their works with guidance from local author Jen Calonita, who has penned over 20 novels. Writers will share their assignments with the assembled group to get feedback and opinion on where to lead the work next. He group is designed to help writers improve their craft. A $5 registration fee is required.  Call the library at 785-6260, or visit

The North Merrick Public Library will also hold two different writing workshops for adults and like-minded individuals. On Monday, February 26, from 1:30-2:30 p.m. there is a creative writing workshop for adults, with Jen Calonita again holding sway in helping work with the group to come up with ideas and write them into reality. While classes have begun, the class is ongoing.

Then on Monday, March 12 and 26, and again on April 9 and 23, from 1:15-2:30 p.m., Calonita will hold a workshop in memoir writing. In this class, participants will learn how to bring focus and clarity to a memoir through writing exercises. All creative writers are invited to join in the classes. Contact the library at 378-7474, or visit

                                              POETRY OUT LOUD WINNER

Mepham Poetry Candace, left, is pictured with teacher Nicole Maresca

Candace Casimir, a sophomore a Mepham High School, won the regional Poetry Out Loud Competition recently at Nassau Community College. Casimir will now represent Mepham at the New York State competition on March 9. English teacher Nicole Maresca and English Chairperson Mary Donnelly were instrumental in organizing this year’s program.

                                               AUTHOR INSPIRES YOUNG WRITERS

Author Skype

To support young writers, author Dusti Bowling recently skyped with fifth-graders at Park Avenue Elementary School in the North Bellmore School District. The videoconference took place over the SMART Board in teacher Nicole Giusto’s room.

Students read Bowling’s book, Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus, before the video interaction. They asked questions about the details of her book, the writing process, how she gets her ideas for stories and authors she admires. She shared pictures of some of the people who served as inspiration for her book.

Ms. Giusto said that the purpose of the skype session was to give students insight into how much work goes into writing a book. As fifth-graders, they write memoirs, opinion essays and biographies.

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