Children’s author coming to Lincoln County

Children’s author Cindy C. Chojnacky will be presenting workshops for local sixth-grade students as part of the Inspired Writers Project, sponsored by Altrusa International of Yaquina Bay. (Courtesy photo)

Workshops planned at local schools

Altrusa International of Yaquina Bay will bring an author of young adult fiction, Cindy C. Chojnacky, to Newport for the annual Inspired Writers Project March 18–22.

Chojnacky is the author of “Return to the Wilds,” a new, futuristic fantasy novel in which preteen scientists use their remarkable skills to try to save what remains of the natural world, with help from unexpected places.

The Inspired Writers Project will expose more than 450 Lincoln County sixth graders to the joys of reading and writing stories. Chojnacky will present fun-filled, fast-paced lessons to sixth-grade classes in Newport, Siletz, Toledo, Lincoln City and Waldport. In the classroom workshops, students will be prompted to think creatively as they learn about the process of writing, writing techniques and the writing life. Many are inspired by a chance to meet a published author; others find the practical tips to be useful in advancing their own writing.

The project’s goal is to inspire young writers at a formative time in their academic career, and the learning extends beyond the classroom experience. Each student will receive an autographed copy of Chojnacky’s book and writing supplies, and the Hailey, Idaho, author will continue to inspire students via email for the rest of the school year.

The Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund is a major funder of the Inspired Writers Project for the sixth consecutive year, supplementing the funds raised by Altrusa International of Yaquina Bay through their community-supported fundraising events. Lodging was donated by a community member. According to Michele Redmond, Altrusa’s literacy committee chair, teacher and student feedback over the years has been consistently positive, inspiring Altrusa of Yaquina Bay to continue the project.

Altrusa International of Yaquina Bay is dedicated to improving the lives of women and children in Lincoln County through literacy, social and health services and educational opportunities. For more information, go online at


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