Young aspiring writers will have a chance to sharpen their skills at the upcoming workshop "Brilliant Thoughts" sponsored by the Girl Scouts.
Girls ages 11 to 17 are eligible for the six-week course which will be at the Meridian Girl Scout office, 307 24th Ave. South. The workshop is open to all girls even those who are not member of Girl Scouts.
The workshops begin Jan. 29 and continues once a month on Saturdays from 10 a.m.-noon on Feb. 26, March 19, April 9, April 23 and May 14. Each workshop is two-hours.
"I think this will be very good for the community and for promoting literary arts in the area," said Richelle Putnam, workshop instructor.
Putnam is an published author who lives in Meridian. She is the editor of the children's and young-adult division of Gotta Write Network. Her children's literature has been published in Wee Ones, Boy's Quest and Appleseeds. Her middle grade fiction, "Fallout," was released in 2001. Her adult fiction has been published in various literary journals, including World Wide Writers and The Copperfield Journal and her non-fiction in personal experience books, such as A Cup of Comfort for Mothers and Daughters. She has work soon to be published in "Romancing the Soul Anthology and Hopscotch for Girls." She is a writing instructor at Meridian Community College through the Continuing Ed Program.
The workshop is sponsored by Girl Scouts of the USA through their "Studio B Presents" program.
"These six writing workshops will take students from story outline to first draft to submission ready," Putnam said. "Students will study markets, prepare query letters to editors, and by the end of the course, submit finished pieces to a contest or publication."
Putnam plans to cover topics such as developing a theme, a hook beginning, plot, conflict, characters, emotions, dialogue, revision and critiquing.
In addition to writing, one workshop will be devoted to illustrations, which is directed toward young artists interested in illustrating books.