Watertown, NY January 26, 2015 – Today, WPBS-TV announced that they will hold a writer’s workshop for children in grades K-3 that will be submitting stories to the annual PBS KIDS Writers Contest, www.wpbstv.org/writerscontest . This workshop is designed to help children brainstorm ideas and offer tips for a creating their story. The workshop will be held at WPBS-TV, February 16th from 9 – 10am. Once children have completed their story they may submit them to the PBS Kids Writers Contest following the guidelines listed at wpbstv.org/writerscontest. This event is free and open to children in grades K-3. Children are encouraged to stay after the Writer’s Workshop to watch “The Cookie Thief” special movie event from 10am – noon. This event is free and open to children of all ages. Meet Cookie Monster, enjoy refreshments and engage in special activities after the movie.
The Writer’s Contest is designed promote the advancement of children’s literacy skills through hands-on, active learning. The Contest empowers children in grades K-3 to celebrate creativity and build literacy skills by writing and illustrating their very own stories.
How the Contest Works
Beginning January 1, 2015 children in the Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties can submit their entries to the PBS KIDS Writers Contest. Deadline for entry is March 31, 2015. WPBS-TV will select local winners and award prizes in the spring of 2015.
The local winners will then be entered into the national contest where a panel of esteemed judges will rank the top 12 entries. National winners will be announced during the summer of 2015 and the winning stories will be featured on pbskids.org/writerscontest.
The national winners will receive prizing courtesy of national prizing sponsor, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers and PBS. The PBS KIDS Writers Contest is produced by PBS and based on the Reading Rainbow® Young Writers and Illustrators Contest, a concept developed by WNED-TV, Buffalo.
WPBS-TV is a non-profit public television station serving approximately 650,000 households throughout Northern New York and Eastern Ontario. WPBS-TV’s mission is to educate, entertain and inform our two-nation audience through superior local and national content and media engagement in order to enhance the lives of those it serves.
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