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Young Writers and Artists Delve into Storytelling and Narrative in KidSpirit's Summer Issue
Each issue of KidSpirit revolves around a Big Question posed by the all-youth Editorial Board. This season, the editors ask, "Why Are Humans Drawn to Stories?" In his response, one teen writer dives deep into his relationship with his grandfather to illustrate how stories connect us to each other.
The Features section begins with an exciting collaborative series by global youth voices. Throughout the season, writers will retell stories important in their childhoods. Each installment leads to the next, creating an intricate narrative that weaves together tales from around the world.
This chain of stories will be brought to life in the KidSpirit Shorts section, a new initiative that empowers youth to share their voices through video. The summer issue's Shorts also include a moving narration of one family's incredible journey emigrating from Ecuador to the United States and building a new life from scratch.
Other pieces released today include a writer's account of rediscovering the deep power of words; another contributor's opinion of David Mitchell's novel Cloud Atlas and its creative narrative structure; and one author's compelling retelling of a story that is central to her faith tradition. In the poetry section, a young poet offers a beautiful ode to authenticity.
All summer, KidSpirit will continue to publish writing, poetry, and artwork by youth on this magical theme. One fictional Feature story will explore the richness of everyday events, and a short Feature screenplay will examine the unpredictability of each person's life story. Interfaith Connections pieces will offer new and creative interpretations of age-old tales, and an Awesome Moments essay will reflect on the shock we often feel when reality differs from our preconceived notions.
KidSpirit is a unique forum for young people of all backgrounds and traditions to explore life's big questions in an open spirit. For interviews and further information, please contact Justine Woods at the information below.
Operations Associate, KidSpirit