John McKenna column excerpt
Thursday, May 27, 2010
LITCHFIELD - Lauren Hefferon of Litchfield will be a keynote speaker at the 13th annual Connecticut Young Writers awards ceremony in Hartford on June 3.
Hefferon, who graduated from Yale University this month, was the 2003 state prose champion in the Connecticut Young Writers competition, which is sponsored by the Connecticut State University system.
The prose championship came when Hefferon was a freshman at Chase Collegiate School in Waterbury.
"The competition inspired me to keep writing and to consider fiction as more than just a hobby," Hefferon said. "Since participating in the contest, I have sought out every opportunity to improve my writing skills."
At Yale, Hefferon tutored in the Yale College Writing Center and wrote for the university newspaper.
Among the students to be recognized at the Connecticut Young Writers awards ceremony will be Litchfield High School senior Carter Brown, the Litchfield County poetry champion.