Giving young writers 'the green light'

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By Lee Einer

Kate Alderete, children’s librarian for the Carnegie Public Library in Las Vegas is passionate about writing and youth.

That’s why she created the “Green Light to Write Project,” a program of the Carnegie Library which gives students hands-on experience and professional training in writing in a variety of genres.

“I grew up here, and I write,” Alderete said. “I’ve been writing all my life. I wanted to do something kind of academic, but in a different setting, for kids interested in creative writing.”

Students participating in the project meet at the library every Thursday at 3:30 p.m. to write. They study and write in a specific genre each month, and at the end of the month, a guest author attends and works with them. “I got a grant from the Community 1st Bank, so some authors are paid,” Alderete said.

One author contributing to the project is Birdie Jaworski, local blogger, author who taught participants the art of blogging. Local author Caroline Rackley will be teaching how to write scripts, and this month, author and illustrator Marti Nash will be teaching a seminar on illustration.

Alderete has a great deal of enthusiasm for the project, and ambitious plans. “I really want to get more writers in here,” Alderete said, “ and I want to publish anthologies of the students’ works, too.