Crown Point writer attends program

 An aspiring Crown Point author honed his skills at a college writing institute this summer.

Noah LaPointe, a sophomore at Crown Point Central School, was one of 36 students selected nationally to attend the 15th annual New York State Summer Young Writers Institute at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs.

He is the son of Chris and Charlotte LaPointe.

“Noah’s writing is typically fiction with an edge towards sci-fi and fantasy,” his father said. “Imaginative stories with insight that doesn’t come along until many years later for most of us — he can really surprise us with some of the things he comes up with.”

After learning about the Skidmore program, Noah submitted a writing sample as part of his application.

“A few weeks later he received the acceptance letter,” his mother said. “Only 36 students from around the country are chosen to attend. It was an 11-day college experience with classes every day.

“Noah hopes to pursue a career in writing,” she added. “Noah is very excited to learn more about writing and the different styles of fiction, poetry, short stories, etc.”

Co-sponsored by the New York State Writers Institute and Skidmore College, the creative writing workshop for high school students provides opportunities to work one-on-one with professional writers and editors. Participants received instruction in poetry, fiction and imaginative non-fiction from nationally-recognized writers.

The program is open to high school student entering grades 10-12.

Students attended from 12 states, including California, Arizona, Texas, Maryland, and Michigan.

Noah had to write extensively and complete one piece of work in each of the three genres. He then did readings of his writings. Selected poems, essays and stories will be published in an anthology.

The Skidmore program runs concurrently with the New York State Summer Writers Institute, a workshop for college and post-college writers. During past programs William Kennedy, Ann Beattie, Russell Banks, Alix Ohlin, Philip Lopate, Elizabeth Benedict, Darrin Strauss and other well-known writers have conducted seminars specifically for the students.

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