All middle and high school students are invited to take part in the After-School Writing Center to improve their writing, get feedback, and grow as a writer! These sessions are perfect for students at any skill level, from aspiring young authors to anyone wishing to improve their skills as a writer.
Free sessions are offered on scheduled Thursdays beginning at 2:45 p.m. in the Kenmore East Library and the Kenmore West Library for high school students, and on scheduled Saturdays beginning at 10 a.m. at the Kenmore Middle School Building, located at 155 Delaware Road in Kenmore, in Room 105 for all middle and high school students. Sessions are approximately 30-45 minutes long. Students need not make appointments and may come for all or part of the session. Each Saturday session will focus on a particular topic followed by time for one-on-one conferences.
Thursday After-School Sessions (2:45p.m. Kenmore East Library/Kenmore West Library):
Open to all high school students.
- Thursday, October 25
- Thursday, November 15
- Thursday, December 13
- Thursday, January 10
- Thursday, February 7 at Kenmore East*; Thursday, February 14 at Kenmore West
- Thursday, March 14
- Thursday, May 2
*The Feb. 14 Writing Center session at Kenmore East was rescheduled to Feb. 7
Saturday Writing Workshops (10 a.m. Kenmore Middle Building Room 105):
Open to all middle and high school students; each session will focus on a specific topic followed by time for one-on-one conferences.
- Saturday, October 13: How to Write an Outstanding College Application Essay
- Saturday, November 3: Writing Just For You: Journaling
- Saturday, December 1: Writing About Sports, Athletics & Recreation
- Saturday, February 2: Visit by author Mick Cochrane, including a reading from his young adult novel "The Girl Who Threw Butterflies," a chat about writing, questions/answers, and a brief writing exercise for students (Click here to learn more about this special event)
- Saturday, March 2: Writing for Civic Engagement
- Saturday, April 6: Finding Poems (click here for more information)
The After-School Writing Center is led by Dr. Tom Reigstad, a Ken-Ton School District Board of Education Trustee and an Emeritus Professor of English as SUNY Buffalo State, and Dr. Rita Pollard, Adjunct Professor of English at Niagara University. Dr. Reigstad and Dr. Pollard both earned their doctoral degrees in composition and rhetoric at the University of Buffalo, taught English at the secondary level and in higher education, and have served as directors of college tutorial writing centers.