Over the past few years, I have spent my time interning at Writopia Lab, an organization that creates writing workshops for kids ages 5-18. I have been in workshops myself since I was about nine years old, and once I turned 15, I began to intern there over the summer. For my senior year in high school, I interned every Tuesday afternoon in workshops with children under 12 years old to help them type, formulate stories, and edit their work.
Throughout the year, I have worked with various different workshops. The first workshop I worked with was particularly difficult, and I’m very glad that I was able to be there to assist the instructor and make sure everything was running as smoothly as it could. After that workshop, I switched around quite a lot, and have worked with a range of very young kids who can hardly type for themselves to kids who I have sat down and edited serious pieces with. Recently, I have been working with kids in second and third grade, and have helped one girl work on a long story about mermaids, and one boy on a few serial stories he’s decided to write about an adventurer. I am proud to see that, since I’ve started working with them, they have gotten much more excited about their pieces and have been increasing in technical skill very quickly.
I am so lucky to have found Writopia Lab. The hours I’ve spent there, working on short stories, poetry, and plays have made me who I am today. Writopia is a community of diverse, talented people who value the art form just as much as I do, and I’m so glad that I’ve had the opportunity to help them during my time in high school. Furthermore, the children I’ve worked with have inspired me as well, reminding me what it means to be a writer and how exciting it can be to embark on a new story.