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Young Central California Writers Explore “Magic” of Writing

Publication: Salinas Californian
Date: August 19, 2009

Summary: Twenty-six Salinas-area writers, ages 10 to 14, took part in the Central California Writing Project's Young Writers Camp 2009. Conducted with The National Steinbeck Center's Steinbeck Festival, the five-day conference aligned its theme to the festival's "Legends, Myth and Magic," which focused on Steinbeck's fascination with King Arthur.

 

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Avila's novel, though not set in Salinas, takes place in a California town and focuses on today's mean streets.

"I wanted to write about what's going on so people will realize how bad it is," Avila said.

His main character is "Jesus."

"A normal, nice kid who is starting high school and who changes for the worse," he said. "He gets shot in the back and paralyzed from the waist down."

Avila and Velasquez were also among 26 Salinas-area writers, ages 10 to 14, taking part taking part earlier this month in the Central California Writing Project's Young Writers Camp 2009.

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