I just returned from Radcon, an annual science fiction/fantasy convention. Alaska Airlines lost my luggage on the return trip, but my spirits remained bright as high noon on a sunny day. You see, part of my Radcon adventure included a trip to Southridge High School and the opportunity to talk to high school students about writing. The enthusiasm and talent I encountered among those students were amazing. What a rewarding experience. During my own high school years, mentors encouraged me to enter writing contests. My prize money totalled enough to finance four years of college tuition at San Francisco State College (now San Francisco State University). Now I give back to "the community" of young writers whenever I can, and encourage other authors to do the same.
A well deserved round of applause to Radcon and Elizabeth Paulsen for making the Tri-Cities High School Outreach possible.
Laurel Anne Hill (author of "Heroes Arise," http://www.laurelannehill.com)
Causes Laurel Hill Supports
Winter Nights Shelter and Shelter, Inc.