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Writers visit GCHS, inspire students during week-long event

Published: Monday, April 7, 2014 2:17 p.m. CDT

GRAYSLAKE – Young Adult writers, the Onion staff members, and Second City members visited Grayslake Central High School last week for Writer's Week. Writer's Week is an annual, five-day event during which authors, journalists, poets, songwriters, broadcasters and screenwriters are invited to speak and perform alongside students and faculty in the GCHS theater. The week involves presenters reading parts of their work, doing a question and answer session and having their own class workshop performing activities and writing styles.

Grayslake Central English teacher Carl Hauck was responsible for implementing the event. This is the second workshop that Grayslake has had, and it took a year to schedule writers.

"Fremd High School and Libertyville have been doing workshops for a while and we decided to do it," Hauck said. "This shows that writing is not just an assignment, but a creative expression of equal importance."

Hauck said students, like sophomore Erin Barnes, greatly benefit from the event.

"Her writing has been getting so much better since she went to the workshops," he said.

Writer's Week has students from English, foreign language, art and history classes attend. Students were also allowed to come during their free periods. The writers this year are were all new to the high school, but were contacted through connections from the past presenting writers.

Grayslake Central English teacher Kevin Farrell worked with Hauck to push the event forward. Farrell attended a similar event as a student when he was attending Fremd High School.

"Another teacher who is no longer here came up with the idea, but Carl was really the one who pushed for it and brought me on," Farrell said. "It allows students to see the culture of writing as expression and possibly make a living off it. One of the most important things to see is the attention that it is getting from our administration, who have been very generous for this unique opportunity."

For information, call 847-986-3300 or visit gchswritersweek.com.

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