Seventh and eighth grade students in the Literati Writers club, sponsored by Mr. Wilkinson, participated in a writing workshop with Ms. Robin Yardi, a Santa Barbara, California resident and children’s author. During our session, Ms. Yardi shared plenty of advice with North Hills Middle School’s young writers. She suggested that all writers should ask themselves what they care deeply about, what they love, and write about that. She also told our students that, “Ideas are sneaky. They come into your brain, a snap of an idea, and you have to pay attention to them. Catch it and write it down!”
Our students also had a chance to ask Ms. Yardi questions about the writing process. When creating characters, Ms. Yardi explained that writers need to be honest about who they are as people. Human characters, like real people, have faults of their own. She recommended finding characters’ secrets and, “…throwing complications their way.”
At the end of our workshop, Ms. Yardi encouraged our writers to let go of any anxiety they have about sharing their writing with others. She reminded our students, “We cannot make our writing good if we’re not willing to share it. No writer is perfect the first time.”
Thanks, Ms. Yardi, for an informative and inspiring session!