Today was the first day back after the weekend. The camp kicked off with a presentation from a UNCG graduate and current podcast writer, Katie Shepard. She is in Iceland right now so she conducted her presentation via Skype.
Shepard began her presentation by talking about her journey to becoming a podcaster. Originally working as an English teacher, Shepard decided that her true passion was writing and moved to New York City to pursue this dream. In a series of unplanned events, Shepard found herself hired as a podcaster. This opportunity offered her a way to share other people’s stories. She plans to further her experience in this nonfiction style of writing by attending Columbia to get her MFA. She also shared with us a short clip of one of her podcasts, a segment from her series that covers the stories of first-generation American high schoolers.
This clip contained an introduction about Shepard, which she notes is a crucial part of every podcast. The campers were then allowed to write their own introduction.
At the end of the presentation the campers were given the opportunity to ask Shepard a question.
Today was also a day of editing for the campers. Kids are wrapping up their stories and entering the editing stage. In this stage they receive suggestions from peers and writing coaches and instructors.
This stage is sometimes the most difficult part for the young writers as they have become attached to their pieces. However, each revision is able to strengthen their writing and advance them one step closer to their final product. Throughout the rest of the week campers will begin to finishing their editing and proceed to the publishing stage of the writing process, as they prepare for their presentations on Friday.