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State Historical Society of Iowa Press Release

For immediate release April 15, 2013

Contact: Jeff Morgan, Jeff.Morgan@iowa.gov, (515) 281-3858

State Historical Museum’s Young Writers’ Workshop applications due April 30

Acclaimed author Candace Fleming leads workshop July 22-26

(DES MOINES) – The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs has extended a deadline for students and teachers to submit applications for a weeklong writing workshop with acclaimed author Candace Fleming.

“Beyond the Pages: Young Writers’ Workshop” will be offered 9 a.m.-4 p.m. July 22-26, 2013, at the State Historical Museum of Iowa in Des Moines. Applications are available at www.iowahistory.org and must be postmarked by April 30, 2013, to Beyond the Pages: Young Writers’ Workshop, Attn: Millie Frese, State Historical Museum of Iowa, 600 E. Locust Street in Des Moines. Contact Millie Frese at millie.frese@iowa.gov or 515-281-6860 for more information.

The workshop is open to students who will be enrolled in grades 9-12 for the 2013-14 academic year. If space allows, exceptions could be made for students who will be enrolled in 8th grade during the 2013-14 academic year.

Two full tuition scholarships and 10 partial scholarships will be awarded to students based upon writing samples, statement of purpose and teacher recommendations submitted with application materials. Teachers may use the workshop for licensure renewal and/or Drake University graduate credit. Workshop fees are $275 for students and $125 for teachers.

Led by Fleming, the workshop explores the craft of writing historical fiction and nonfiction while mining State Historical Museum collections and historic sites for ideas.

Fleming is the versatile and acclaimed author of more than 20 books for children, including the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award-winning biography, “The Lincolns”; the bestselling picture book, “Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!”; and “Boxes for Katje.” “Amelia Lost” received starred reviews and Best Book of the Year accolades from School Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews and Horn Book Magazine.



The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs is responsible for developing the state’s interest in the areas of the arts, history and other cultural matters with the advice and assistance from its two divisions: the State Historical Society of Iowa and the Iowa Arts Council. DCA preserves, researches, interprets and promotes an awareness and understanding of local, state and regional history and stimulates and encourages the study and presentation of the performing and fine arts and public interest and participation in them. It implements tourism-related art and history projects as directed by the General Assembly and designs a comprehensive, statewide, long-range plan with the assistance of the Iowa Arts Council to develop the arts in Iowa. More information about DCA is available at www.culturalaffairs.org.






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