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Upcoming Events

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Rising seniors and forward-thinking juniors! Ready to kickstart (or dial in) your college essays and UC PIQ’s?  I’ll demystify the process, point you in the right direction, and get you busy writing... while sharing do’s-and-don’ts and helpful tips I’ve learned from Admissions Officers, essay readers, and successful college applicants.

 Zoom link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82462058118?pwd=c3WnoeECjAxMk4AXBrgnhoUHu3O7m7.1 

Contact Jen to register and receive meeting passcode and a useful college essay organizer via Google Docs.
 

Previous Events

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Poetry Takeover! of Encinitas Library

That's right, we're taking over!  For the second year, we bring you a full day of poetry programming, with workshops for young and old, a poetry reading featuring inspiring teen poet, entrepreneur and activist Otto Lana, and all-day book fair. Join us for a beautiful day of Poetry-by-the-Sea!

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First Friday: Poems from the Salon

An evening of poetry with members of The Poetry Salon, a committed clutch of poets who have been writing and sharing together since the pandemic. If you've never experienced a poetry reading before, I highly recommend First Fridays at SD Writers, Ink, located in beautiful and historic Liberty Station.

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K!SDPA Workshop at Escondido Library

Join poet and educator Jen Laffler at the dynamic Escondido Library for an inspiring day of creative word-play!  This poetry workshop will dive deep into personification, and explore how this poetic device brings poetry to life.  Poems created in this workshop may be published in the 2023 Kids! San Diego Poetry Annual.

This workshop is free of charge and all supplies will be provided.

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15 Poets: Poetry Reading at San Diego Writers Ink,  May 20, 2023

Join 15 of San Diego's finest female poets for an evening of inspiration, celebrating the reveal of the new cover for Bethel Swift's "Conversations with Good Men".  

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KidsWrite! Short Story Workshop, Online (Zoom)
Sunday March 26, 2023

Join Jen for an online, fun, *free* short story workshop for children and teens!  We'll jump right into creating unique and immersive worlds using the theme of: The Day You Begin.  Participants will be well on their way to creating a short story to submit to the KidsWrite Children's Writing Contest, with the chance to earn prizes and a free laptop. RSVP to poemseeds@gmail.com

Short Story Workshop Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/5821202643

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December 10, 10:30am - 12:30pm: Cursive, Kindness & Card-making @ Encinitas Library, Encinitas, CA

Join us in the Encinitas Library's Study Room, with its breathtaking ocean views. Jen will teach students of any age cursive handwriting basics (or beyond, depending on where they are at); students will create handcrafted cards to be given to North County hospice patients. This workshop is free of charge and card-making supplies will be provided. All ages are welcomed!  Library link for more information:

https://sdcl.bibliocommons.com/events/6362f7ff6ee0ff3600ceb380

  • Tell Your Story: Crafting Standout College Essays for the Common App
    Tell Your Story: Crafting Standout College Essays for the Common App
    Sun, Oct 30
    Location is TBD
    Oct 30, 2022, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    Location is TBD
    Oct 30, 2022, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    Location is TBD
    Ready to nail those college essays? Whether you’re brainstorming, fine-tuning, or finished and asking “Is it good enough?”, Gabby and Jen are here to offer insider tips and do’s and don’ts that will help your hard work shine.
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  • KidsWrite! San Diego Children's Writing Contest - Submissions Due!
    KidsWrite! San Diego Children's Writing Contest - Submissions Due!
    Mon, Feb 28
    KidsWrite! Submissions Due!
    Feb 28, 2022, 12:00 PM
    KidsWrite! Submissions Due!
    Feb 28, 2022, 12:00 PM
    KidsWrite! Submissions Due!
    San Diego Country Student Writers, here's an amazing opportunity to get your words out there. Submit your poem, short story, or graphic novella to KidsWrite!
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  • Young Writers: From Inspiration To Publication
    Young Writers: From Inspiration To Publication
    Sun, Oct 04
    Online Class via San Diego Writers, Ink.
    Oct 04, 2020, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
    Online Class via San Diego Writers, Ink.
    Oct 04, 2020, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
    Online Class via San Diego Writers, Ink.
    Are you a young writer who dreams of "getting published"? Together in this 1.5 hour-long class, we will learn how writers create and refine their work — all the way from first-glimmer-of-inspiration to ready-for-publication.
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  • Kid Lit Power Hour @ SDWF Summer Festival Days
    Kid Lit Power Hour @ SDWF Summer Festival Days
    Sat, Jul 25
    SDWF Summer Festival days on Facebook Live
    Jul 25, 2020, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
    SDWF Summer Festival days on Facebook Live
    Jul 25, 2020, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
    SDWF Summer Festival days on Facebook Live
    Join Jen and fantastic local children's authors for a Kid Lit Power Hour at the San Diego Writers Festival.
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  • KidsWrite! Award Ceremony @ SDWF Summer Festival Days
    KidsWrite! Award Ceremony @ SDWF Summer Festival Days
    Tue, Jun 09
    SDWF Summer Festival Days on Facebook Live
    Jun 09, 2020, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
    SDWF Summer Festival Days on Facebook Live
    Jun 09, 2020, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
    SDWF Summer Festival Days on Facebook Live
    Jen presents the Award Ceremony for the KidsWrite! San Diego Children's Writing Contest. Join us for a morning of poems, stories, and video presentations that will surely inspire you as Jen Laffler, KidsWrite! Director, presents the Award Ceremony for KidsWrite! San Diego Children's Writing Contest
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  • Creative Cursive Camp, Fall '19, Session 2
    Creative Cursive Camp, Fall '19, Session 2
    Wed, Oct 30
    Jen's House
    Oct 30, 2019, 9:00 AM – Nov 01, 2019, 11:30 AM
    Jen's House, 1213 Village View Rd, Encinitas, CA 92024, USA
    Oct 30, 2019, 9:00 AM – Nov 01, 2019, 11:30 AM
    Jen's House, 1213 Village View Rd, Encinitas, CA 92024, USA
    Join us for loops and swoops, curves and swerves; cursive cupcakes will be served!
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  • Creative Cursive Camp, Fall '19, Session 1
    Creative Cursive Camp, Fall '19, Session 1
    Wed, Oct 23
    Jen's House
    Oct 23, 2019, 9:00 AM – Oct 25, 2019, 11:30 AM
    Jen's House, 1213 Village View Rd, Encinitas, CA 92024, USA
    Oct 23, 2019, 9:00 AM – Oct 25, 2019, 11:30 AM
    Jen's House, 1213 Village View Rd, Encinitas, CA 92024, USA
    10/23-10/25, 9-11:30am -- Creative Cursive Camp! Three mornings of curves and swerves, loops and swoops; come on over and let's master cursive writing, together!
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  • KidsWrite! @ San Diego Festival of Books
    KidsWrite! @ San Diego Festival of Books
    Sat, Aug 24
    Liberty Station
    Aug 24, 2019, 10:00 AM
    Liberty Station, Liberty Station, San Diego, CA, USA
    Aug 24, 2019, 10:00 AM
    Liberty Station, Liberty Station, San Diego, CA, USA
    Join Jen for the unveiling of the 2019/2020 KidsWrite! San Diego Children's Writing Showcase theme at the Festival of Books.
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  • Storytime Summer Series -- Author Event
    Storytime Summer Series -- Author Event
    Wed, Aug 14
    The Forum Carlsbad
    Aug 14, 2019, 10:00 AM
    The Forum Carlsbad, 1923 Calle Barcelona, Carlsbad, CA 92009, USA
    Aug 14, 2019, 10:00 AM
    The Forum Carlsbad, 1923 Calle Barcelona, Carlsbad, CA 92009, USA
    Join Jen at The Forum Shops in Carlsbad for a morning of J is for JITTERBUG, fresh new poems, fanciful animal crafts and fun!
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  • San Diego Writers Festival
    San Diego Writers Festival
    Sat, Apr 13
    Central Library, 400 Park St., San Diego
    Apr 13, 2019, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
    Central Library, 400 Park St., San Diego, San Diego, CA, USA
    Apr 13, 2019, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
    Central Library, 400 Park St., San Diego, San Diego, CA, USA
    Join Jen at the beautiful downtown Central Library for the inaugural San Diego Writers Festival.
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  • Author Talk and Poetry Reading
    Author Talk and Poetry Reading
    Tue, Feb 26
    Del Lago Elementary School
    Feb 26, 2019, 10:00 AM
    Del Lago Elementary School, 27181 Entidad, Mission Viejo, CA 92691, USA
    Feb 26, 2019, 10:00 AM
    Del Lago Elementary School, 27181 Entidad, Mission Viejo, CA 92691, USA
    I'm so excited to read J is for JITTERBUG and new poems, too, to the children of Del Lago Elementary in Mission Viejo, CA as part of their Literacy Week.
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  • Hullabaloo Family Market
    Hullabaloo Family Market
    Mon, Feb 04
    San Dieguito Heritage Museum at the Heri
    Feb 04, 2019, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
    San Dieguito Heritage Museum at the Heri, 450 Quail Gardens Dr, Encinitas, CA 92024, USA
    Feb 04, 2019, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
    San Dieguito Heritage Museum at the Heri, 450 Quail Gardens Dr, Encinitas, CA 92024, USA
    Join Hullabaloo, Jen & 30+ kid-friendly vendors at The Heritage Museum for a morning of music, fun, and shopping.
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10/22/22: Poetry Takeover! and K!SDPA Workshop @ Encinitas Library

Join us for a day of creative word-play! KSDPA and The Encinitas Library present a free poetry workshop with Jen Laffler, poet and educator.  The theme? Personification.  Poems created in the workshop may be published in the 2023 Kids San Diego Poetry Annual.

Pre-registration is encouraged but not required.  Save your spot by emailing Jen at poemseeds@gmail.com.

Young Writers: From Inspiration to Publication October 4, 2020! (Online)

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Are you a young writer who dreams of getting published? Don't wait! Young Writers: From Inspiration to Publication is a 1.5 hour online class created to launch you on your journey!  From that first moment of inspiration, through research and editing, all the way to finding the perfect contest or publication that's looking for work like yours -- we'll cover it all.  For more information and to register: http://www.sandiegowriters.org/october-young-writers-jen-laffler/

Teen writer or poet?  Join me for Teen Writers: From Inspiration to Publication.  You will be amazed at all the opportunities out there for ambitious writers of all ages.

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KidsWrite! Now Until January 5, 2021

Calling young writers, ages 6-18, who live in San Diego County:

KidsWrite! San Diego Children's Writing Contest is now accepting submissions for its 2020/21 theme: What The World Needs Now. No cost to enter. Winners and Finalists receive cash prizes. Please visit the KidsWrite! webpage at www.kidswriteSD.com for more information and to enter. Submissions close Jan. 5, 2021.KidsWrite! is a program of the San Diego Writers Festival, and is partnered with the Coronado Library and Union-Tribune Festival of Books.

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Ongoing: Motivated Young Writers, A Resource For You!

New Pages is a useful,credible resource for publishing-minded writers of all ages to find contests and publications. While the information is not always perfectly up-to-date, the reviewers have done an excellent job of filtering out less-reputable contests and publications (the kind that are more about taking your money than helping you grow as a writer)

Young Writers Guide to Publications  Magazines and journals seeking submissions from young writers.

Young Writers Guide to Contests  Contests and competitions seeking submissions from young writers.

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