Ava Corey-Gruenes holds up her story, “Cheesy the Lonely Pizza.” Corey-Gruenes, a fourth grader at Lakeview Elementary, is also writing her own book. --Tiffany Krupke/Albert Lea Tribune
Ava Corey-Gruenes holds up her story, “Cheesy the Lonely Pizza.” Corey-Gruenes, a fourth grader at Lakeview Elementary, is also writing her own book. -- Tiffany Krupke/Albert Lea Tribune

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Lakeview student writer to attend Rochester workshop

Published 2:30pm Sunday, April 6, 2014

She’s a student writer with big dreams. Ava Corey-Gruenes, a fourth-grade student at Lakeview Elementary School, is one of 60 Albert Lea students attending the Young Authors, Young Artist workshop in Rochester on May 21.

Corey-Gruenes was selected by her teacher, Kristin Walker, for her writing skills. Corey-Gruenes and other Albert Lea students will attend workshops and meet authors and artists.

Corey-Gruenes is no stranger to writing. Just recently, she submitted a short story she wrote entitled “Cheesy the Lonely Pizza” to a contest. The story follows pizzas that comes to life and single out the cheese pizza because he has no toppings.

Corey-Gruenes worked on the illustrations with her friends, Annabell Lundell and Morgan Anfinson.

If the book wins, it will be available for purchase at Scholastic school book fairs across the country.

Corey-Gruenes is also working on her own novel, “The Key to Success.” The story follows a group of little characters, who live in a cupboards. The cupboards have become polluted, though, and they need to find a way out. They go on an adventure to find the key and find their world isn’t what it seems.

Corey-Gruenes began writing the book this summer and is already 129 pages in. She isn’t sure if she will be turning the novel into a series or ending in another 50 pages.

“I enjoy writing for long periods — a few hours at a time,” Corey-Gruenes said. She plans to take a break from the book to work on other projects.

She enjoys writing action and adventure stories, and also reads the same genre.

When the book is completed, she hopes to get it published. She doesn’t want to self publish because she wants people to read her book.

Corey-Gruenes hopes to be a writer, but for now she’s happy working on her projects after school and during her free time.

“I could definitely see myself being a writer in the next 20 or 30 years,” Corey-Gruenes said.