Seventeen Yonkers high school students will have an opportunity to read from their original writing at an awards program at Sarah Lawrence College at 7 p.m. on November 13. The students are being honored for their Fulbright Association-sponsored participation in a week-long writing workshop held at the College in July.
To win places in the workshop, students in all five Yonkers high schools and Sacred Heart High School in Yonkers submitted written pieces on themes of diversity, conflict resolution and global issues. The week at Sarah Lawrence brought them together with students from the New York metropolitan area and beyond to spend an intensive week writing, discussing their work with their teachers and peers and learning theatre techniques to help them find their voices.
“Finding one’s voice is key to improving one’s ability to write,” said Alexandra Soiseth, workshop coordinator. “Good writing is essential to communicating about the things that matter.”
Addressing the students at the event in the Suzanne Werner Wright Theatre in the College’s Di Carlo Performing Arts Center will be Josephine Dorado, founder and director of ZoomLab and a Fulbright Scholar in 2003-2004 where she was Artist-in Residence at the Waag Society for Old and New Media in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. ZoomLab is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion of cultural connection and understanding between youth in the U.S. and other nations, through the use of online collaborative arts initiatives and education in media technology.
For more information about the High School Writers Workshop or about the November 13 event please call (914) 395 2412.