Local students with a passion for creative writing will be excited to learn about a brand new youth writing workshop kicking off this month. The free, innovative workshop’s inaugural meeting will be Saturday, Dec. 20 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the San Marcos County Library at 2 Civic Center Dr. The workshop will be open to young writers ages 14 to 25. Coordinator Richard Dell ’Orfano plans to explore various genres of creative writing, including flash fiction, short stories, poetry, and ten-minute stage plays, with the potential to record raw productions for online video channels. The workshop will be a great opportunity to receive mentor and peer feedback on projects within a rigorous but supportive environment. Members will be encouraged to submit work to national scholarship contests and join online writing groups such as www.nanowrimo.org and www.figment.com. For more information contact Richard at 760-752-3111 or rmdellorfano@gmail.com. Interested young writers should attend the first meeting with a tablet or a pad of paper and a writing utensil.