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    Saturday, November 17, 2018
    9am to 12pm at Scarsdale Middle School

    Scarsdale third, fourth, and fifth graders are invited to this exciting event to meet award-winning authors, sports writers, journalists, bloggers, illustrators and more.  Students will experience real-life writing activities in a small group setting, as well as gain a better understanding of a day in the life of a writer.  Through hands-on workshops, we hope to create an inspirational day for all children in attendance.
    Follow this link for important day of event Instructions for Attendees, including drop-off and pick-up procedures.
    Workshop Catalog
    Follow this link to the 2018 YWW Workshop Catalog.

    Keynote address: Gabriel Gale, Creator and Writer of Ages of Oz
    • Ages of Oz book coversDid you know that The Wizard of Oz was just one of fourteen Oz books written by L. Frank Baum over 100 years ago?
    • Did you know that Glinda was originally written to be a fiery red-head like Wonder Woman, not a blonde pink-dressed “Good Witch” floating in a bubble?
    • Did you know that none of the “Wicked Witches” was written to be green OR sisters?
    • Did you know that the ruby slippers were written to be silver?

    Gabriel Gale will tell you all about it AND about his reimagining and expansion of the Oz universe in Ages of Oz!

    Gabriel Gale Gabriel Gale is a Brooklyn, NY native and the creator of Ages of Oz, which he conceived ten years ago after graduating with a Bachelor’s in Fine Art from The Cooper Union and a Master’s in Architecture from Columbia University. Ages of Oz is a true adaption and expansion of the Oz that we all know and love. After deconstructing and rebuilding all of the magic, characters, objects, and settings from Baum’s original fourteen Oz books, Mr. Gale created a world of his own and fit it into 1000 years of Ages of Oz history. Mr. Gale's fantastical and epic Oz universe stays true to L. Frank Baum’s intentions while breathing life into countless Oz characters -- five Wicked Witches and their armies, mythical beasts, elemental fairies, rock creatures, sea fairies, sea devils, dragons, robots, one-legged and two-sided people, and many more!

    The Ages of Oz brand was launched in 2017 with a middle grade fiction book series. The first and second books in the series, A Fiery Friendship and A Dark Descent were published by Simon & Schuster in May 2017 and 2018, respectively. The series tells the story of Glinda -- a 13-year-old student uncertain of her future -- as she grows to become the most powerful sorceress in Oz! Themes explored include equality, unity, thinking for oneself during a tumultuous political climate, and learning from the past in order to move forward into the future. Mr. Gale is working to develop Ages of Oz into a transmedia brand – currently focusing on the development of an animated series – with support from Writer's House, Simon & Schuster, and A-list Hollywood Producers and Directors.

    To learn more, visit his website: www.agesofoz.com, his facebook page: @GabrielGale, or his Instagram feed: @agesofoz.

    YWW Featured Author Books
    Please follow this link to the list of Young Writers' Workshop 2018 speakers’ most recent books.

    Donate New and Gently Used Book Donations
    Please bring new or gently used children's books, suitable for Kindergarten through 5th Grade, to the Young Writers' Workshop on Saturday, November 17, 2018. Donations will support children's programming at JCY-Westchester Community Partners, a Division of the Family Service Society of Yonkers. The JCY-Westchester Community Partners' mission is to enhance the educational experience of children in Westchester County through effective learning initiatives and the engagement of volunteer mentors. For more information, visit the JCY-WCP website.

    Interested in being a part of YWW?
    We need your assistance! To volunteer, please contact YWW CoChairs: Leah Dembitzer and Kerry Hayes at writers10583@gmail.com.