“If I can do it, so can you.”
This is the challenge four-year-old author Coryn Clark is sending out to children to write a short story, just as she did, and even win a prize.
Coryn, who wrote Chronicles of Coryn: 7 Days of Fun, a book about her personal adventures, is encouraging boys and girls, between five and 12 years old, to take part in the Dragonzilla Short Story Writing Challenge. The story must be about living through the covid19 pandemic and should be 300-400 words. The authors of the top 20 stories will then have to submit videos of them reading their stories. The best videos will be chosen and those authors will receive tablets and laptops, courtesy the NGC Children’s Bocas Lit Fest and the National Library Information Service (Nalis).
The NGC Bocas literary festival would usually host children to storytelling events but this could not take place this year because of the pandemic. This time, children would be the storytellers thorugh the writing challenge.
“Coryn knows how important reading and writing are. While writing a story about the coronavirus you can have fun exploring TT’s culture, history, environment and learn what makes our country special,” says Danielle Delon, director of the children’s literary festival.
So do like Coryn, who Newsday Kids wrote about last month, and start writing your story today.
To learn more about the Dragonzilla Short Story Writing Challenge and to register, visit bocastlitfest.com/2020/children/challenge.