Beatrice Ekwa Ekok, a mother of three budding writers, shares tips on supporting and nurturing your young writers in HEM’s September-October 2011 issue.
Nurturing Your Budding Writer – Beatrice Ekwa Ekoko
Since my 15-year-old daughter Eva is a young writer, I’m always on the lookout for mentoring and writing opportunities for her. Because for years we had a weekly radio show (Radio Free School was our family’s radio program–by, for and about home based learners), she had the chance to interview some of her then favorite authors such as Gordon Korman and Kit Pearson. She’s even met J.K. Rowling and received an autographed book (this as a result of a drawing we won).
Eva has had her work published in various local papers such as the Hamilton Spectator and its Power of the Pen competition and many on-line websites. Her most recent poem has been published in Teen Voices. http://teenvoices.com/2010/11/28/poem-eternity-and-the-art-of-falling/#comment-532
Eva has written two novels (not yet published), a collection of poems, and is currently working on another poetry collection. In turn, she has encouraged her youngest sister to complete a short novel too. Eva and her two sisters all keep blogs of their own where they share their ideas and thoughts on topics they are interested in.
My experience supporting my children’s writing interests continues to be so rewarding that I’d like to share tips on how to go about nurturing the young writer in your care.