Events, Los Angeles, Ruminations, Writing

6 Powerful Quotes from WriteGirl’s Journalism Workshop

It’s my third season volunteering at WriteGirl, a creative nonprofit here in Los Angeles. Founded and pioneered by the amazing Keren Taylor, WriteGirl empowers over hundreds and hundreds of local teen girls through creative writing, writing genre workshops, and one-on-one mentoring each year.

WriteGirl is now in its 15th year! That’s 15 years of helping underserved girls find their own voice and cultivating their potential. 100% of girls who go through our mentoring program graduate from high school and go onto college—many not even realizing that’s an option for their futures. 100% of them.

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Each of month of the season is a different genre workshop—spanning fiction, poetry, screenwriting, songwriting, you name it. Last Saturday we tackled journalism with around 100 girls, ages 13-18. I was paired with a bright-eyed and bushy-tailed 13 year old, who would doodle these really incredible sketches (mostly of My Little Pony characters, but still truly amazing) when she thought I wasn’t looking. I let her know she should start a cartoon one day and  she smirked in return.

As the workshop went through the fundamentals and building blocks of journalism, it was like my muscle memory kicked into action. And I’ve realized I miss it. I miss interviewing people and finding the story. I’ve missed feeling a slight kinship with complete strangers, even if it lasts for a few minutes. I miss being invited into their world, and writing about it. I forgot that spark that drew me to journalism in the first place—the idea that everyone has a story to tell. And someone has to tell it.

We were lucky enough to hear Beverly White, a NBCLA reporter who has over 30 years of reporting experience under her belt, talk about her career and time on the field.

I wish I recorded everything she said. She’s so vivacious and knows everything there’s to know about getting the story. But I happened to scribble these wise words from her:

1. “If it’s not truthful, what’s the point?” —Beverly White

2. “Getting it right is always the job description.”Beverly White

3. “This is not melodrama, this is real life.”Beverly White

4. “Every story is big to somebody.”Beverly White

There was also a panel of women journalists who talked about their careers and gave career tips for writing:

5. “Read, read, read!” (I know this is a simple quote, but it’s true. Reading = become a better writer. P.S., I can’t remember who said this, my apologies!)

6. “Don’t hold yourself back. Don’t make yourself the obstacle. Let someone else be the obstacle and tear that obstacle down.” Tamara Duricka Johnson, journalist

After hearing all of these wonderful women speak, I’m definitely thinking up more projects for the future—using my curiosity as the driving force. Stay tuned!

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Events

Star Wars Day—May the Fourth be with you!

This is of course coming a little late. But the bf won tickets to Entertainment Weekly’s CapeTown Fest showing of “Return of the Jedi”. How did he do it? His nerdiness won everyone over:

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This was the first time the film has screened at the Egyptian Theatre since its premiere in 1983. Fancy that! And since it was my first time actually watching anything in that theatre—it was nothing short of amazing.

There were planned guests for the afternoon, but the supposed guest for the 2p showing, our showing, didn’t arrive. And while EW tried very, very hard to stall, no one ever came.

BUT we did get to watch a short doc buy Seth Green, called “Return of Return of the Jedi,” where comedians/nerds/the like talked about why this was their fave Star Wars flick. And lo and behold—Topher Grace was in it. How I miss my high school crush.

So we didn’t get to see special guests and we didn’t get free stuff, but I did get to watch a Star Wars movie with Adam Scott, which has gotta be the best thing to ever happen to me.

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Adam Scott—blurry, and all the way to the left!

And now I shall hug this pillow to sleep. (via Saturday Morning Pancakes)

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In the meantime, tell me you fave Star Wars film in a comment!

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Events, Travel

I’m tired. And it’s only Tuesday.

How I’ve been feeling so far this week (featuring Capt. Dany):

The people outside my window are shouting and coming down from their open-mic coffee shop high. It’s really obnoxious. I wish I had the guts to throw eggs at them. Soft boiled eggs. But then again, I’m not a 12-year-old boy.

I really should rest up though and get some sleep. I almost wrote “shut eye,” but I always feel so weird and ingenuine, and kind of like I’m about 70 years old whenever I use that phrase.  (“Oh, c’mon, Timmy, go on to bed and get some shut eye. Your old grandma is gonna finish up folding these socks here!”)

I’m going back to Orlando for a few days to take the roomies “theme parking.” I’m not sure if that’s an actual word, but I’ve been using it frequently since Sunday. I’m extremely excited, not only because we’re going to Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival, and I’ve never been, but because my roommates will get to experience the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. I cannot wait to count the gleams in their eyes. It’ll be fantastic!

Two more days.

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