Fulton, NY – An ambitious group of young authors gathered at the Fulton Public Library this past week for the CNY Arts sponsored story-writing workshop, “February Break into Writing.”
The week-long program was held by author and poet Jim Farfaglia of Fulton. All writers between the ages of 10 and 14 were encouraged to come share their stories and learn more about writing in their preferred genres.
The young writers came from all parts of Oswego County to join Farfaglia’s class for the winter break week. While some of the kids came to have fun and enjoy their hobby of writing, others hoped to expand their knowledge for future careers as novelists, memoirists, journalists, and even lyricists.
The workshop proved to bring in a variety of “favorite” genres for Farfaglia to work with. Students Caitlyn McAfee, 12, and Savannah LaPage, 11, shared an interest in writing mysteries. “I want to be a famous writer,” said McAfee. Dana Bova, 13, who preferred writing science fiction, expressed the same attitude. “I want to be a novelist,” said Bova. There was even one memoirist amongst the young writers. Evan Kistner, 10, used the class to work on the beginnings of his autobiography.
Farfaglia feels that the public school teachers do a great job of teaching basic writing skills, but New York State requirements hinder their ability to further explore creative writing in the classroom. “Programs like our ‘Break Into Writing’ offer young people who have the basics and already know they love to write a chance to go further with it,” said Farfaglia.
Fulton’s Noon Rotary Club and Lion’s Club International both made financial contributions to the writing program, in the form of scholarships. If students who wished to take part in the program could not afford the registration fee, the donation from these organizations would cover the cost.
President of the Fulton Lions Club, Jim Sokolowski, expressed that he is happy his organization could be a part of this valuable life experience for the local youth. “This is a golden opportunity to have Fulton attract people to reside and raise a family here. The arts are an essential part of our society and the CNY Arts Center will help to showcase the talent that resides within this area,” said Sokolowski.
When it comes to working to bring the community closer together, Farfaglia has a lot of faith in art programs and opportunities such as this to do the job. “Nancy Fox, the founder and director of CNY Arts, has a great philosophy of what the arts can do for a community and it goes way beyond entertainment. She believes, and I agree, that the arts revitalize,” said Farfaglia. “CNY Arts is dedicated to making Fulton and its surrounding area a better place.”
After a successful turnout for the “February Break into Writing,” the CNY Arts Center is planning to hold the class again during the April break. This will be just one of many educational programs the Arts Center will be hosting come Spring, when they will begin offering after-school and weekend classes.
For more information on the CNY Arts Center and its upcoming projects, you can visit their website at www.CNYArtsCenter.com, or attend their weekly meetings, held Mondays, at 6:30 p.m., in the Fulton Alliance Church, Rt. 48S.