theYour teenager can be inspired to write and read their own stories on stage and to hone their writing skills as they prepare for college essays at an event at Changing Hands Bookstore next month.

“Shoo Flies Boot Camp” will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 17, Presidents Day, at the bookstore at 300 W. Camelback Road. The creators of the popular monthly reading series “Bar Flies” are holding “Shoo Flies,” where teens will brainstorm, write, workshop, revise, rehearse and perform their writing. Participants must be teens. No previous writing or performing experience is necessary. First Draft Bookbar will provide snacks, drinks and lunch.

“Bar Flies” curators and contributors, including Julie Hampton and Amy Silverman, will provide instruction.

The cost is $125 per person. To register, visit


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