Author, author! Camden project seeking youth writers


Rachel Bryant, a children's specialist at the Camden County Library, reads a story about worms to area youngsters during the library's recent "Very Wormy" Storytime program. The library is partnering with the Camden Center of N.C. Cooperative Extension on the first-ever County Story Collection project for young writers.


By Anna Goodwin McCarthy

Saturday, April 13, 2019

CAMDEN — Whether it is a short story, poem or comic strip, Camden youth have the opportunity to see their work published through the Camden County Story Collection project.

The project, a collaboration of the Camden Center of N.C. Cooperative Extension and the Camden County Library, is seeking writing submissions from young people through Thursday. The submissions will then be collected into book form. 

“The goal of the project is to get Camden County youth writing,” said Ali Huber, Camden Cooperative Extension agent for 4-H Youth Development. “It’s really an important skill.”

Huber is encouraging youth to submit their work for the Story Collection project. She said the theme for the collection is unity.

“Some element of unity, friendship and togetherness can be included in some way,” said Huber.

Huber said she and Rachel Bryant, the children’s specialist at the Camden County Library will be collecting submissions for the book. They are hoping for at least 15 to 20 submissions for the collection, she said.

“We are very excited about reading the submissions,” Huber said. “We are including everyone’s work.”

Since this is Camden County’s first story collection project, Huber said organizers are open to a variety of different types of writing. Common writing submissions include poems and short stories with or without illustrations. However, if a youth wants to submit another type of writing they are encouraged to do so.

Huber’s focus is on creating a project where kids are “excited about art, writing and reading.”

Huber is enthusiastic about the project. As a young girl, she participated in a similar event, she said.

“We did have something like this when I was in elementary school,” she said.

Huber enjoyed reflecting on what she created in her youth. “It is fun to look back,” she said.

Huber said children can submit their words and illustrations to the Camden County Library, the Camden Center of N.C. Cooperative Extension or any of the school library media centers in Camden.

Huber said submissions may be handwritten, typed or submitted through email at camdencountystories@gmail.com.

All youth who submit a work for the collection will be entered into a drawing for a $10 gift card from Itza Boutza Pizza. There will be one drawing winner from each of the four age group categories.

The Camden County Story Collection projection will culminate with a celebration on May 14 at 5 p.m. at the Camden County Library. Youth who attend the celebration will receive a copy of the Camden County Story Collection book. Huber said light refreshments will be served and there will be readings of a few of the stories that were submitted. A copy of the book will also be placed in the Camden County Library.

For more information about the Camden County Story Collection project, call Huber at (252)331-7630 or Bryant at (252)331-2543.