K!SDPA Poetry Workshop, Winter '23 (Date TBD)
Coronado Library, Coronado, CA

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Join poet and educator Jen Laffler at the beautiful Coronado Library for an inspiring day of creative word-play!  We'll be looking at personification, and exploring 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.  Ages 6-12 and their caregivers are welcomed!  To register, poemseeds@gmail.com.

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

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Join us in the Encinitas Library's Study Room, with its breathtaking ocean views, for a relaxing morning of Cursive, Kindness and Card-Making!  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 hospice patients all over North County.  


This workshop is free of charge and card-making supplies will be provided. All ages are welcomed!  To register, poemseeds@gmail.com.

Library link for more information:


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10/22/22: Poetry Takeover! and K!SDPA Workshop @ Encinitas Library, Encinitas, CA

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)


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.

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

There is 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.

Ongoing: Ambitious Young Writers, A Resource For You!


New Pages is an incredible 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.