Suncoast Women Who Write Scores Student Accolades
With a focus on giving girls an opportunity to expand their literary prowess, Suncoast Community High School established a writing club this year to harness the girls’ passion, an initiative that has now led to national recognition for multiple members.
Created through a grant by the Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation, the Women Who Write club at Suncoast High School has 22 members who meet weekly under the direction of 10th grade English teacher Christi Carter. The club consists of hands-on workshops and engagement sessions with published authors.
“Being a part of this club has given me added confidence to write and express my thoughts in new and creative ways,” said Bailey Nathan, a junior at the school. “Having a place for girls to express ideas and challenge each other’s thinking in a comfortable environment has been really valuable and helped me to grow.”
In addition to the advancement of skills, three students have earned outside recognition as a result of activities tied to the club:
• Awura Anim-Addo, sophomore – completed two rounds of the Wattpad’s Open Novella Contest and is awaiting results to see if she’ll make the final round for her contemporary fiction piece “Without Faith.”
• Bailey Nathan, junior – chosen as a finalist in the New York Times personal narrative contest that consisted of approximately 9,000 entries from across the country for her coming-of-age narrative essay “The Lake’s Spray.”
• Genevieve Willett, junior – selected as a winner for an independent book publishing contract with ReadyAimWriteKids, LLC, for her mystery “Don’t Go into the Swamp.”
“I’m really proud of how these girls have put their hearts and minds into their writing,” Carter said. “Their growth has been phenomenal, and I am certain this will benefit them in their continuing education and future writing. We are very fortunate to have the support and funding from the Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation.”
The Cornelia T. Bailey Women Who Write at Suncoast High Club is not resting on its laurels and is planning to apply to renew its grant allowing the club to continue and advance during the 2021-2022 school year by bringing additional author interactions, skill development sessions, and esteemed contest submissions. To learn more about the Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation, visit their website www.ctbfoundation.org.