Over the summer, I interned at an organization called Writopia Lab. Writopia Lab is a space for kids and teens to work on creative writing with instructors, and to further their writing skills. As an intern, I helped out in workshops with kids ages 7-11. I helped them type up their stories if they weren’t comfortable enough typing, and I gave them feedback and helped them to foster their creativity.
Over my two weeks, I personally worked with about four kids, in workshops with about seven to eight kids each. The first week I assisted a girl named Nicole and a boy named Dasher. They each started off the week a little bit shaky. Nicole would write something very short and then get distracted, and Dasher only wanted to write about a video game. However, by the end of the week, Nicole was able to put her wild imagination to use by creating an entire world in which she wrote a story. Likewise, Dasher was able to use his love of character to create a new story that he created all on his own.
The second week was a little bit different, because the kids were younger, so I focused more on helping them learn how to begin and write extremely short stories, and I helped each of them type. I specifically helped a young girl named Ruwayda. By the end of the week, she had about five short stories that were about half a page each.
I really appreciated the time I had helping young kids to develop their writing skills. They remind me why I myself have a passion for writing, and they show me just how new and exciting it can be. I’ve interned with Writopia in the past, and I’ve gone to them as a student for many years. In the future, I hope to be able to intern at Writopia again.