KidsWrite Junior Fellows

 

KidsWrite Junior Fellows

 

This summer the Center was honored to host six talented high school students for our inaugural Junior Fellows Writing Workshop. Nominated by teachers from KidsRead-affiliated schools, these students came together from July 24 – 27 to finesse their writing skills, improve their ability to express themselves creatively, create and share new work with one another, and become part of a community of like-minded peers.

 

The workshop was taught by 2015 Emerging Writer Fellow and accomplished author t’ai freedom ford, whose collection how to get over is now available from Red Hen Press. She has been an English Language Arts Instructor at Benjamin Banneker Academy in Brooklyn since 2004. 

 

As part of our continued efforts to make our programming accessible to children of all backgrounds, this program was provided at absolutely no cost to the participants.

 

If you’d like to help us expand and improve our offerings for kids from underserved communities, please consider donating directly to our KidsRead and KidsWrite initiatives here.

 


 

Meet Our Junior Fellows! 

We asked each student to tell us about themselves & what they love about writing.

 


 

 


 

Gyjah from

Academy for Young Writers: 

 

Born the 19th of August, I was brought up with a family of artists. Everyone had it as a hobby so no one knows where I got this talent from. I started writing in the 6th grade because poems and fictional stories have my heart. Writing helps me express myself when I "can't talk." It helps me make a bridge between metaphors, my life, and fiction. It's up to the reader to decide what's what.

 


 

 


 

Hannah from

Bard High School
Early College Queens:
 

 

Through writing, I am able to convey the thoughts that are difficult to explain out loud. Over time, each writer eventually adopts their own voice. I look forward to developing my own unique writing style. What I love about writing is that it doesn't take the shape of one form. There is poetry, analytical essays, argumentative essays, short stories, and the list could go on. Since I was a child I loved to write poems and as I grew up, I learned to appreciate and embrace all of the other kinds of writing. 

 


 

 


 

Harold from

Academy for Young Writers:

 

As children, we lack filters, and spout out every nonsensical tale we dream up. This impetuous nature saw me create a mess of a story. Characters were inconsistent and the plot was everywhere. Growing up, I was left appalled and cringing at what I wrote. But this horror manifested into a desire to not write horribly. So I attended a school focused on writing and here I am.

 


 

 


 

Jeita from

Bard High School
Early College Queens: 

 

I've never been good at writing but after taking a creative writing class, I realized writing doesn't have to be as structured/formal as I thought. I think anyone has the ability to write and that's what I love about it. It's a new way of expression that I find you can be free flowing with. Writing can be funny, witty, and extremely powerful. 

 


 

 


 

Kiyanna from 

Mather Building Arts & Craftsmanship High School: 

 

I enjoy writing because it's the best way to expand my imagination. It can always kill time and it's always fun. But it's just amazing how you can create your own little world with a pen and paper. Writing will also take place somewhere in my career, so I want to be good at this. Writing also helps me cope with certain situations.

 


 

 


 

Samiha from
Bard High School
Early College Queens:
 
Ever since I was about six years old, I was interested in making up my own stories and sharing them with my older brother and he told me how I am very creative and told me to write down everything I said. By the time I was 14, I learned that there's a website called Wattpad and it's basically a site where anyone can write and publish and read. It wasn't until then I took writing more seriously because I liked the idea of entertaining others in a creative or original way.

 

 


 

 

 

 


 

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