Charles P. Rogers & Company and Writopia Lab Announce the “Ready. Set. Write.” Program

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Charles P. Rogers & Company is reaching out to aspiring young writers in New York City, graciously offering up their showroom to host “Ready. Set. Write!” This event is a bedtime story-themed, creative writing and Scholastic Submission Prep workshop for local youth ranging from elementary to high school age students. The maker of fine beds and bedding since 1855 is partnering with the team of professional writers from Writopia, a non-profit organization based on the Upper Westside focusing on children’s literacy and creative writing.

Charles P. Rogers & Company is reaching out to aspiring young writers in New York City, graciously offering up their showroom to host “Ready. Set. Write!” This event is a bedtime story-themed, creative writing and Scholastic Submission Prep workshop for local youth ranging from elementary to high school age students. The maker of fine beds and bedding since 1855 is partnering with the team of professional writers from Writopia, a non-profit organization based on the Upper Westside focusing on children’s literacy and creative writing.

“The programs provided by Writopia are absolutely remarkable,” explains Linda Klein, President of Charles P. Rogers & Company. “As a parent, I completely support and appreciate their efforts to not only teach and expose kids to writing, but to truly tap into their potential and help them become the best writers they can be.” Rogers’ is committed to bringing attention to the organization and expanding the program downtown to open up opportunities to the children and young adults in the flatiron area.

The one-day workshop to be held on Sunday, Sept. 26th, 2010, will host approximately 40 students from both public and private schools in and around the flatiron district. The students will be broken into smaller groups, lead by a professional published writer and Writopia trained team leader who will guide them through a three hour intensive writing workshop. Through the workshop they will draft their personal stories to submit to the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, which will be accepting submissions later in the year. Lyla Rose, of Scholastic's NY Affiliate, will round out the workshop, walking the students through the Scholastic Submission process. Charles P. Rogers hopes that this is the first of many writing workshops to be hosted in their showroom for years to come.

The workshop will not only help develop the participant’s creative writing skills and teach them how to properly make Scholastic submissions, but with special appearance and statement from Mixtape guru, rapper, writer and blogger, Stalley, it will also provide insight as to how creative writing can be applied successfully in the music industry.

The teaching staff for the workshop includes Courtney Scheinmel, Lisa Graff, Dan Kitrosser and Writopia founder, Rebecca Wallace-Segall. Courtney is author of such novels Positively, Sincerely Sophie/Sincerely Katie and the critically-acclaimed My So-Called Family. Lisa has penned such published work as The Thing About Georgie and Umbrella Summer (both from Harper Collins). Dan is an accomplished playwright and screenwriter, and his play Be Here Now won the Philadelphia Young Playwrights Festival and was a finalist in Stephen Sondheim’s National Playwriting Competition. In addition to founding Writopia, Rebecca has won multiple teaching awards including the 2008 and 2009 “National Gold Apple Teacher” Award. She has also been published in “The Village Voice”, “The Wall Street Journal”, “The Huffington Post”, “The Nation”, “New York Newsday”, “New York Magazine” and Salon.com.

Charles P. Rogers is America's oldest source for beds, including brass, wood, leather and iron beds, sleigh beds, daybeds, trundle beds, canopy and platform beds, plus elegant bedding made of Egyptian cotton & European linen. The legendary New York-based bed maker to consumers around the country through their web site http://www.charlesprogers.com

Writopia Lab is a New York City-based national community of young writers, ages 8-18. If you love the idea of developing your first short story or memoir, or if you are already a prolific writer who is thrilled by the idea of polishing exceptional short stories, journalistic pieces, personal essays, poetry, and dramatic or comedic scripts, join our year-round after- school, weekend, and school-break intensive creative writing workshops. For more information, visit http://www.writopialab.org.

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