Over 60 of our writers (ages 8 and up) completed creative works over this last school year, 50 of whom (ages 12 to 18) submitted multiple pieces to the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Whether they won recognition or not, meeting this deadline in the face of all other academic pressure is an impressive accomplishment. Our event is in celebration of all of these writers; they are an astounding group of talented, dedicated writers.
In addition, we are thrilled that 83 of the Writopia pieces submitted won recognition this year on the regional level! And that while 1% of all submissions win national recognition, 15% of ours did this year! (Also, every single Writopia portfolio submitted won a regional gold key, and 3 won national silvers!) Also, one of our writers won Best Play in the 2008 YoungPlaywrights festival, and a dozen others were published this year in TeenInk Magazine, and other places.
However, it is important to remember that NO ONE wins the recognition they hope for each year. As my editor from the Village Voice used to say, "It takes three things to become a successful writer: Talent, Luck, and... Resilience!"
Email Celebration2009@WritopiaLab.org to reserve tickets!