Author will visit Robert Trail LibraryChad Corrie started writing stories when he was 12 years old. The author of the Adventures of Corwyn, didn't know where it would take him but he knew liked it.
By: Emily Zimmer, Rosemount Town Pages
Chad Corrie started writing stories when he was 12 years old. The author of the Adventures of Corwyn, didn't know where it would take him but he knew liked it. Twenty years later he makes a living out of it.
Getting to the point where writing kept food on his table was not an easy road. Having traveled that path Corrie hopes to help young aspiring writers learn from his experience.
“I didn't have people or resources to look to.... I want to help people find a way,” said Corrie.
Corrie, a Minnesota author, will get the chance to help teens from Rosemount Oct. 3 when he speaks at the Robert Trail Library at 1 p.m..
The author, who also has written comics, scripts and graphic novels, said he will talk about the writing process, putting ideas onto paper, editing and self publishing. Additionally, he provided some input and resources for teens interested in furthering their writing.
“Primarily I'll be talking about writing in general,” said Corrie.
Corrie's visit ties in with Teen Read Month, sponsored by the American Library Association. The Robert Trail Library along with the other libraries in Dakota County will hold a writing contest for teens during the month of October. This year’s theme is “Read beyond Reality,” so Corrie’s books tie in nicely said librarian Gladys Kim.
Kim said she hopes teens will be inspired by Corrie's experiences and be encouraged to enter the contest.
The library will accept short stories from teens through October. Kim said stories should be 500 words or less. Cash prizes will be awarded for first, second and third.
The three categories in which teens can write stories are Out Among the Stars, Where Am I and Say Good Bye. Teens 12 to 18 can submit stories. There will be two age groups: 12 to 14 and 15 to 18.
Kim said she's had a number of teens express interest in writing so she thinks there will be a good turnout for the Corrie event.
“Every year Dakota County Libraries has had good participation in this program and we print a book of all the entries that the teens can purchase for a few dollars, so they can be published,” said Kim.
For more information on Corrie's visit or the writing contest call the Robert Trail Library at 651-423-1200. For more information on Chad Corrie visit www.chadcorrie.com.