Caragh M. O’Brien, author of the BIRTHMARKED trilogy and THE VAULT OF DREAMERS, both from Macmillan/Roaring Brook Press, visited Amity Regional High School on October 29th. Ms. O’Brien offered students enrolled in Amity’s Creative Writing classes an inside look at what motivates authors to write, and explained the ins and outs of the fiction-writing process. Using examples from her own fascinating journey, she helped students understand what goes into a well-constructed story, and then thrilled the audience by reading a section of her own work.
O’Brien then led students through a series of writing exercises, focusing and sensory details, after which students shared their writing. Students’ reaction was extremely enthusiastic.
The event was hosted by the Amity High School Library and made possible by the generosity of the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation.