MS. REBECCA SHEIR
Welcome back to "Metro Connection." I'm Rebecca Sheir and as we continue our exploration of "House and Home," we head now to a community that's home to a bunch of nationally and internationally acclaimed writers. From Alice McDermott to David Brooks to Steve and Cokie Roberts, some of whom will be featured in the upcoming 12th Annual Bethesda Literary Festival.
MS. REBECCA SHEIR
From April 15th through the 17th, you can hobnob with authors, hear them talk about and read from their books. You can even meet the next generation of superstar scribes as the festival presents the winners of its Youth Writing Contest.
MS. REBECCA SHEIR
This year's topic was "A Beautiful Place," and hundreds of students in Montgomery County submitted essays about the most beautiful place they've ever seen. What it looks like, how it feels to go there and where exactly it is. Be it a place in the real world...
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE #1
"I jumped back to it and happily ran across the front yard until a large, dark tree loomed above me. My favorite tree on the face of the earth was right here in my front yard. Reaching out, I grabbed hold of its large base. 'You're the most beautiful place I've ever known,' I whispered and gave a gentle hug."
Or a place in the imagination...
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE #2
"The most beautiful place in the world, to me, is not beautiful as picturesque Hawaiian beach, the moon or snow-covered evergreens. It is the place where the characters of my favorite books and stories live. The most beautiful place in the world is the place of "Once Upon A Time.""
Those are two winners of this year's contest and I had the pleasure of meeting them recently at a bookstore in Bethesda. Emmy Lindzter...
MS. EMMY LINDZTER
I go to Burning Tree Elementary School, I'm in fifth grade.
And Francesca Faccone.
MS. FRANCESCA FACCONE
I got to school at Stone Ridge, I'm in the eighth grade and I'm turning 14 this week.
Francesca says she's always been an avid writer. What kinds of writing do you like to do?
Fantasy and historical fiction is fun, too.
While Emmy is just starting to get into it. Have you always enjoyed writing?
Well, not really. I sort of started writing in fifth grade now.
Her favorite thing to write about, she says, is nature.
The trees, sky. I study my surroundings a lot.
And as her father...
Theolophilus Franwrenzsberg Lindzter, that's my full name.
...is quick to point out the surroundings Emmy studies in Bethesda are far different from the ones she and her younger brother grew up with.
Emmy was born and grew in Sweden so up to four years ago...
When the family left Stockholm for Bethesda.
...everything was done in Swedish. I always spoke English to them but they figured out early in life he understands Swedish. So although I spoke English they always on said on said (sounds like) in Swedish.
So Theolophilus says he and his family are especially proud of Emmy's achievement.
We knew she had entered, but we felt the fact that she had the courage to actually do that it was in itself an amazing prize.
Emmy's family leaves the U.S. this summer. Theolophilus says they might wind up in Rome.
So that maybe Emmy will have a new part of the world to paint pictures with her words.
And a whole new language.
Possibly too, possibly, too.
In the meantime, Emmy says she has some advice for any aspiring authors out there.
To study close details.
That's the secret?
You're giving away your secret.
I guess, it's a good secret.
And eighth grader, Francesca Faccone, has some words of wisdom, too. She's actually working on a book of her own. How long have you been mulling it over?
I don't know, maybe, like, a year and a half.
And is reading another handful.
"Gone With The Wind," that was (unintelligible) and "To Kill A Mockingbird" for school.
So just a couple of little picture books basically?
Not really. So she encourages all young people out there to do one basic thing.
Keep reading, just keep reading every chance you get. don't go watch TV, just read.
The Bethesda Literary Festival kicks off on April 15th. The winners of the Youth Writing Contest will read their stories and receive prizes at 10:00 a.m. on April 16th at the Double Tree Bethesda. For a list of all festival events visit our website, metroconnection.org.
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