by: Catherine Sorrentino
Writing, like any art, is often a tool of protest and social activism. Speculative fiction and plays allow for creative writing to challenge, rather than uphold, our current circumstances. In a recent Worldbuilding Intensive hosted by author Jelani Wilson and PYP teaching artist Mr Stine, young writers were given the opportunity to imagine fantastical and futuristic worlds to examine our present.
We start with the work of student Sarah Weill-Jones, who explains her inspiration below.
"My motivation for writing this piece was to explore the life of someone who seems perfect. To make things more interesting, I wanted to explore this through the lens of a tyrannical, dystopian government posing as a utopia. I also wanted to write something that explores themes of how our current society idealizes people. Everyone, including myself, thinks of celebrities as people with amazing, ideal lives. In reality, no matter how flawless someone may seem, they may be struggling with something internally. We try to convey the image of perfection to others, though nobody is perfect."
Writing below by Sarah Weill-Jones (CLICK READ MORE ----->)