Helen attended the Young Writers' Conference in Burlington, VT, for a second year. It is three days of speakers, writing workshops, poetry slams, moth storytelling, and other writerly activities.
She absolutely loved it and said that she felt like her writing had matured while she was there. We have since met with her guidance counselor for next year and found out that she got into Advanced Prose Writing. Her counselor says that it means she's one of the top writers in the high school and it will go into her college letters. Nice! She's hoping to be a writing mentor at the conference next year.
I have to say that I really love being the parent of a teen--it is just so much fun to watch them begin to spread their wings!