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Martha Stewart Blog Show

Events, Lily's notes, Uncategorized

GothamGirl  is fortunate to receive many invitations, most are to film festivals, concerts, art openings, museum shows and restaurants. Recently we were surprised by an invitation from The Martha Stewart show asking us to join the audience  on January 14 in New York City.

The topic is bloggers and blogging, and they have requested that all of the invited bloggers come ready to blog live during the broadcast. This sounded like just too much fun to pass up and I will be there on Thursday all ready to blog live.

Rebecca-Wallace Segall, the founder and director of WritopiaLab will be there as well. The WritopiaLab’s blog is excellent: it is the spectacular work of the young writers of WritopiaLab. Rebecca is the  Scholastic Golden Apple National Award winner (2008 and 2009).

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WritopiaLab’s First Spectacular Year and Reading in Bryant Park

Literary event

WritopiaLab, the unique community of young writers, has completed it’s first year of existence, and what a spectacular year it has been. There are now FOUR, yes count them, FOUR branches of WritopiaLab, and if you visit their website, you will see a lovely large Golden Apple Teacher Award from Scholastic, awarded to the teacher with the largest number of Scholastic Writing Competition Winners in the nation. That’s correct, in the nation.

Yesterday, well over 125 people attended the third public reading of WritopiaLab’s young writers under a tent in Bryant Park, which is adjacent to the main branch of the New York Public Library. This included writers, friends, family and park passers-by.

I am sure that Patience and Fortitude appreciated the patience and fortitude of the readers and listeners who sat through the rain and wind. It felt like an August day in San Francisco, bone chilling, but it was an inspiring and completely satisfying afternoon. I would not have been any where else.

Rebecca Wallace-Segall, the award-winning founder/Director of WritopiaLab, introduced each young writer before they read. We heard from young poets, short story writers, memoirists and a journalist. Many were award winners, many will surely be in the future.

Rebecca introduced some of the new writer/teachers who will lead up-coming workshops who were present, including the author Deborah Siegel.

Visit, buy an anthology, buy a tee shirt, come to the next public reading.

The young writers of WritopiaLab will inspire you.

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WritopiaLab, an Extraordinary Community of Young Writers

Literary event

GothamGirl received this letter and invitation from WritopiaLab’s award winning Director, Rebecca Wallace-Segall. If you are not familiar with WritopiaLab, be sure to visit WritopiaLab’s site and mark your calendar for this event, if you will be in New York City on May 18.

I have attended past public readings of these young, articulate, insightful writers and can tell you they will move and surprise you with their accomplishments as writers.  

 “Dear family, friends, and fans of local young writers,Writopia Lab’s writers have been arduously developing short stories, memoirs, op-eds, scripts, and poetry over the past six months and are thrilled to finally share them with you at Bryant Park on Sunday, May 18th, from noon to 3:00pm! Please find an invitation attached to extend to anyone you wish. There will be seating for over 100 and a tent set up in case of rain. This is a celebration. Our middle and high schoolers have garnered more regional and national awards from Scholastic’s Art & Writing Awards than any other group of students in the country. And the amazing truth is this: Even those who did not win regional or national awards this year submitted exceptional work. All of us at Writopia Lab are so proud of each and every one of our writers.Our youngest writers (ages 9-13) will read from noon to 1:30pm. Our teens will read from 1:30-3:00pm. Please feel free to come and go as you wish. “Bryant Park is between 6th Avenue and the main branch of the Public Library, between 40th and 42nd streets in Manhattan.

Gianni Longo, in A Guide to Great American Public Places, called the park:

“…one of the most sensual, graceful open spaces in New York City.”

The park’s site includes a webcam.

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