Young Scholars of Liberia 2020 Six Week Virtual Summer Writing Workshops with Dr. Patricia Jabbeh Wesley: What a Success, Discovering New, Talent, & Honing of Old Talent

Here are The Young Scholars of Liberia 2020 Writing Workshop Participants

Thirty-three young Liberian writers and aspiring writers, mostly college students and recent graduates participated in our annual Young Scholars of Liberia Writing Workshop, facilitated by me, with the support of Friends of Young Scholars of Liberia who helped raise funds on GoFundme this year. The funds were used to purchase data coverage for these young Liberians to take lessons from me via Zoom. I purchased a Zoom subscription, and the Liberia team managed data purchase and distribution. Amazingly, we held workshops every Tuesday and Thursday, from June 2 to July 9, 2020. In previous years, I flew to Liberia for five weeks of teaching and tutoring in Monrovia, with participants joining us from across the capital city of Monrovia, Liberia, and surrounding counties. I would then fly to Maryland County to conduct more creative writing workshops for young people, hosted at the William V. S. Tubman University. After four years of consistent mentoring and workshops, we now have young Liberians publishing their own works and books.

Here are some of the photos from last year’s activities of Young Scholars of Liberia workshops : COVID19 has hit our organization hard. Many of the young Liberians we mentor across the country are now out of school, are unable to afford the high cost of internet charges, and have nothing to do. This year, I was forced to think of a way to help teach our young scholars, help them improve their talent and their writing skills, teach them as if I were on the ground, and thank goodness for Zoom. That effort was possible. Looking back on last year, we pray for better times next year so face to face workshops will resume.

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