In less than two weeks, Auntie Bellum and Richland Library will host our first Young Writers Workshop on Saturday, April 30th. Students (high school grades 9th-12th) can expect to explore writing with purpose and clarity, and how best to contribute to existing conversations while establishing a voice. Students will use mentor texts to learn writing techniques and then apply newly acquired skills to create original pieces that will be published by Auntie Bellum online and in print. Be sure to register soon, as spaces are quickly filling up!!
The workshop will be lead by Samantha Rainwater and Betsy Breen, both high teachers in the Columbia area. We are also fortunate to have local author, Julia Elliott, as our keynote speaker. Read on to learn a bit more about these fantastic women facilitating this workshop!
Betsy Breen’s poetry has appeared in The Raleigh Review, Redivider, Jabberwock Review, Waccamaw, and Jasper among others. She is a graduate of the MFA program at the University of South Carolina and currently teaches British Literature and Creative Writing at Hammond.
Samantha Rainwater is a graduate from the MT program at the University of South Carolina and currently teaches English I and II at Richland Northeast High School. She is avid in her love of colloquialisms and pop culture, which she curates from her students.
Julia Elliott’s writing has appeared in Tin House, The Georgia Review, Conjunctions, The New York Times, Granta online, Electric Literature, and other publications. She has won a Rona Jaffe Writer’s Award, and her stories have been anthologized in Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses and Best American Short Stories. Her debut story collection, The Wilds, was chosen by Kirkus, BuzzFeed, Book Riot, and Electric Literature as one of the Best Books of 2014 and was a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice. Her first novel, The New and Improved Romie Futch, arrived in October 2015.