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Youth Novel Writing Workshop November 9 at National Park

November is National Novel Writing Month. Aspiring youth writers are invited to join local writer Jessica Renslow at Indiana Dunes National Park as she shares her new middle grade novel, “Dragonfly Detectives,” and offers writing and publishing tips.

This free workshop is offered at the Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education on Saturday, November 9 from 1-4 p.m.

Blank books will be provided for aspiring 3rd to 7th grade novelists. There are 50 slots open for the workshop. You must sign up at this link in advance to participate:

Jessica Renslow enjoys bringing characters to life and helping others learn how to harness their narratives. She has taught writing, podcasting and filmmaking workshops to people of all ages. With over a decade’s experience in children’s television and literary education, she has been published in a variety of places including an upcoming article in Cricket Media’s Muse Magazine.

Renslow received the 2002 David Letterman Award for her original screenplay “Stained Glass Graffiti,” adapted/translated the 2013 Sundance International Filmmaker award-winning script, “Spectacled Tiger” and received a 2020 Individual Advancement Program (IAP) Grant from the Indiana Arts Commission for her middle grade novel, Dragonfly Detectives.”

She looks forward to helping introduce young writers and readers to the natural wonders of the Indiana Dunes.

The Douglas Center is open and always free every day from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. with an accessible wetland boardwalk and educational exhibits inside the building. The center is located in the western portion of the national park at 100 North Lake Street, about one mile north of U.S. Highway 12 in the Miller section of Gary. For more information on this or other programs at Indiana Dunes National Park, call the visitor center information desk at 219-395-1882 or check the park’s website at

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