New Frostburg Workshop Helping Children Make Their Own Books

Jun 21, 2017 6:00 PM

Everybody has a story to tell, and a new program will help local children put theirs in print. This summer, the Frostburg State University Center for Literary Arts is presenting the Make-A-Book program at regional public libraries.

This unique opportunity gives students ages 8 to 12 the opportunity to take full creative control of their own book, teaching them the basics of storytelling such as plot and character development, as well as how to format text for the page and add illustrations.

“This program has been designed to give young authors flexibility that most traditional classrooms don’t offer, allowing their creativity to flow onto the pages of their own publications,” says AmeriCorps Youth Academic Engagement Mentor Josh Mallow, who serves with the Center for Literary Arts.

Make-a-Book workshops are scheduled at the public libraries in George’s Creek (June 22), Westernport (June 29), Frostburg (July 6), LaVale (July 13), South Cumberland (July 20) and Grantsville (August 10). Each workshop runs from 2 to 4 p.m.

Parents should preregister their students at the library where their children will attend; space is limited.

Sponsored in part by the Nora Roberts Foundation, the Allegany Arts Council and the Center for Literary Arts, Make-a-Book workshops are facilitated by Krystyna Poray Goddu, Katie Epps, Mallow and CLA Director Jennifer Browne.

ASTAR! In Western Maryland provides direct service through service sites located in Garrett, Allegany, Washington and Frederick counties, addressing the Corporation for National Service’s focus areas of Education, Healthy Futures and Capacity Building.

For more information on the Make-A-Book Workshop or other youth literary opportunities, please call the Center for Literary Arts at 301-687-4340 or e-mail

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call 301-687-4102 or use a Voice Relay Operator at 1-800-735-2258.