It doesn't matter if they're 16 or 67, from Cameroon or Colorado. Writers have stories inside of themselves and they need to get them out.
That's why Mentor Public Library has started a writing club for teens—to help young authors tell their stories.
The first meeting will be from 4 to 5 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 15, at Mentor Library's Main Branch. It's open to anyone in seventh through 12th grade.
"The Teen Writing Club is all about our young writers," said Kristin Milks, the reference librarian who started the club. "Each month, the writers are welcome to come in with their current work or a blank slate. I'll also have writing prompts that we can play around with and use as story starters."
September's theme is "A picture is worth a thousand words." The teens can create short stories using photos as story prompts. Teens can also bring any writing they want to share with the club.
While Kristin will oversee the Teen Writing Club for the library, it's ultimately up to the teens on what they want to do.
"I want everyone who comes to our club to take ownership of it," she said. "Because, in the end, it's all about having fun and honing your writing."
Teens can register for the writing club on Mentor Library's website. By the way, we also have a book club especially for teens.