Join us for our third annual, award-winning Teen SummerZine Program with Lancaster Libraries! Every summer, we bring students ages 12-19 together with mentor authors to create poetry, short stories, visual art, and comics. Our end product is a print magazine, and a copy will circulate at each of the 16 libraries in Lancaster County. You can check out the 2021 and 2022 editions at your local library.
Learn more about 2023’s featured authors:
June: Jared Reck
July: Kayla Miller (zoom-only, graphic novels/comics)
August: Kwame Ivery
Program Supervisor/Host Lindsay K. Bandy
So what do our meetings look like?
Well, this year will look a little different. We’ll continue to have zoom meetings, but we are adding an in-person option for June and August at the Manheim Township Library. So, in addition to having face-to-face time with our mentors and other creative teens, there will also be snacks!
Each month, we have 2 meetings. The first meeting of each month is all about getting inspired and learning from our mentor authors. They’ll tell you about their creative process, and give you some prompts. About half of the total meeting time is spent writing, drawing, or otherwise creating. The second meeting of each month is a time to share your work and get feedback from our mentor author and your peers.
At the end of the summer, you can submit your work for publication, and we’ll cap it all off in early December with our Publication Celebration (with cupcakes!)