This week on the podcast, I am joined by two teenage writers, Isabella Watkins and Caitlin Wharton, and their mentor, Milva McDonald. The three of them share their experience creating and participating in a homeschool creative writing group. This past year, they published an anthology of short stories and poetry and they describe some of the process of working on a big, collaborative project. They also share some of the important factors that make their group a safe space to explore writing together.
Their excitement about writing and their support of each other is so beautiful to see!
Questions for Isabella, Caitlin and Milva
Can you introduce yourself and share what you’re interested in right now? What’s making your eyes light up?
How did your writing group come together? Basically, what’s the origin story? And what does it look like now?
I’ve been reading and enjoying your book, Unlocked: An Anthology of Short Stories and Poetry. I’d love to hear the story behind choosing to create the book. And how did that process unfold?
This question is for Isabella and Caitlin. Since you don’t go to school, you have much more freedom in what you choose to do with your time day to day. I’m curious to hear how your passion for creative writing weaves through your days.
Can you share a couple of tips for anyone who’s interested in starting a writing group?
Things mentioned in the episode
Unlocked: An Anthology of Short Stories and Poetry, by The Young People’s Society of Story Writers
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