Dear Young Authors,
Our 4th annual writing contest was a resounding success! Recognizing the need for secondary education in developing countries, we expanded our annual writing contest to reach children in Nepal. The funds Writekids donated to St. Xavier’s School in Jawalakhel, Nepal helped rebuild their school (See photo gallery tab). We were overwhelmed by the number of stories we received from Nepal, totaling well over 500! These industrious Nepalese teenagers were so impressive with their fine talent and creativity, and it was tough to choose the winners, as a multitude of submitted stories were most worthy of recognition. Five contestants were awarded prizes, and you can access Contest Tab 2016 to view their stories. We thank each and every contestant for their time and attention in writing their stories. Therein lies one of the primary reasons Writekids was formed: to encourage and inspire creativity in children. We’d say mission accomplished!
I’d like to share a few inspiring experiences I had last summer while visiting Dublin, Ireland. This small island is home to a disproportionate number of literary giants. Four Nobel prize winners: George Bernard Shaw, W.B. Yeats, Samuel Beckett, and Seamus Heaney, all hail from Ireland. Their influence, and that of other famous Irish writers are felt throughout the city even today, especially at the Dublin Writer’s Museum, where priceless original works are displayed. Ulysses, Gulliver’s Travels, Dracula, The Importance of Being Earnest, Waiting for Godot, just to name a handful of Irish classics: Where would this world be without their great works of literature! Another incredible experience was visualizing the Books of Kells at Trinity College in Dublin. This is one of the most significant manuscripts dating from the early Christian era (c. 8th century). The detailed, hand painted workmanship was beyond description. I hope every author can one day see this historic masterpiece.
In closing, we will continue our annual writing contest, focusing locally and internationally. On the home front, Writekids continues to support our local communities. In fact, Writekids just concluded our 2017 Writing Contest. This year, we turned our focus back to local, elementary age children, specifically TK to 3rd graders (See Contest Tab for Winners). It was gratifying to see the interest and enthusiasm in creative writing of these young children, especially in this digital age. The children are well on their way to becoming skilled creative writers! During the holiday season, Writekids supports local charities with contributions of toys and books. Throughout the year, I shall continue to volunteer reading for young school children in classrooms and libraries. Also, I shall continue to distribute school supplies and books to local school children in need of assistance. Finally, consistent with my goal to promote literacy and writing creativity, I will continue to serve on the Teen Council of my local library.
Thank you for visiting my website! Keep on writing and dreaming!