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Ciara Robertson loves to write and wants to help middle school and younger students in the field. So she wrote a book of advice on the subject.
Ciara’s book, titled Rising Writers: A Young Author’s Guide to Creative Writing, is available for free download at risewriters.org. In the book, she walks students aged 10 to 14 through every step of crafting their own story, from choosing a topic to finding an ending.
Book chapters include lessons and activities.
“I started writing my book about a year and a half ago, and it took a while because it was unlike anything I had done before,” said Ciara, 16, who dates St. Margaret’s Episcopal School in San Juan Capistrano. “I dedicated myself to every detail, right down to the stories and layout of the spreadsheet pages.”
Ciara proudly notes that she even invented the cover design. She said she had directed her advice to the 10 to 14 age group, as there “just isn’t much for that age group”.
Her love of writing began with a passion for reading, which she began practicing in kindergarten. She got into creative writing in sixth grade and took her first creative writing class in seventh grade. She is currently in first grade, writing for her school newspaper and teaching free creative writing classes for teens at the Laguna Niguel Library.
“Looking to the future, I’m definitely looking for more opportunities to inspire a love of writing in children through the book,” she said. “I also hope to find exciting new writing adventures to deepen my own literary history, possibly in the form of an internship next summer.”