Aspiring young writers will meet with local leaders and literary lions on Thursday at the annual Pros&Conversation fundraiser for WriteBoston, the group announced Tuesday.
Mayor Thomas M. Menino will join with authors Andre Dubus III, Jackie MacMullan, Roland Merullo, and Hank Phillippi Ryan for the event at Wheelock College in Brookline to benefit WriteBoston, a citywide writing initiative for middle- and high-school students launched by Menino in 2002.
The event will honor philanthropist and community volunteer Cynthia Mohr, a Weston resident, for a decade of nurturing young writers.
In a statement released by WriteBoston, Menino spoke of the importance of students learning to express themselves.
“Education is perhaps the most important job of local government,” Menino said in the statement. “Our students are our future workforce, business and community leaders, teachers, and principals. To be prepared and to be successful, they must be able to communicate effectively. They must be able to express their thoughts clearly and articulate their ideas.”
Boston public high school students who are staff members of Teens in Print, a youth newspaper produced through a collaboration between WriteBoston and the Boston Globe, will also speak at the event.
Julian Bastidas, an East Boston resident and senior at Boston International High School/Newcomers Academy, will give the keynote student address. Mussuba Samati, a Dorchester resident who attends Boston Community Leadership Academy; and Alexandra Zuluaga, an East Boston resident who attends Boston Latin School, will interview the authors.
Over the past 11 years, WriteBoston has served more than 15,000 students and coached 350 teachers across 23 middle and high schools, it said, helping students raise MCAS scores and become more proficient writers. Teachers at WriteBoston schools also reported more effective teaching of writing, the group said.