PENINSULA -The Espy Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the literary and visual arts, is bringing renowned Seattle writer Charles R. Cross to the Long Beach Peninsula to work with students at Ilwaco High School.

Mr. Cross worked on his latest book, "Room Full of Mirrors: The Biography of Jimi Hendrix," as an Espy Writer in Residence this past March, and is pleased to return to the Peninsula to share some of his knowledge and experience with local students. Cross will visit classes on Thursday, Oct. 13.

He will conduct a writing workshop in the historic Oysterville Schoolhouse on Friday, Oct. 14 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. This workshop will focus on research and interview techniques essential to the creative nonfiction writer and will be open to the public and free of charge. High school students who attend the workshop will receive a certificate of achievement signed by Cross, valuable as a part of their high school portfolio.

This educational event is one of a series organized through The Espy Foundation's Arts & Humanities in the Schools Program. In coming months Espy will welcome to the community Mexican-born Seattle painter Alfredo Arreguin and Nepalese writer Manjushree Thapa. The Espy Foundation works with local public schools and community organizations to bring together artists, writers and students in order to foster a passion for creative expression.

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