Student Author Published by Local Non-Profit

Student Author Published by Local Non-Profit
Posted on 10/31/2019
Student Author FizaPromising author and Clear Springs High School junior Fiza Kuzhiyil is one of only 100 students nationwide to have her short story selected to be published in the 10th anniversary edition of iWRITE Literacy’s I Write Short Stories by Kids for Kid anthology. This is the fifth time the organization has chosen to publish her stories, but the first time her work was selected as the Editor’s Choice recipient.

The iWRITE Literacy Non-Profit Organization offers students in 3rd through 12th grade the opportunity to submit short stories, poetry and artwork to their annual publishing contest. The mission is to build student confidence through writing. Since 2009, the organization has published more than 650 student authors and illustrators from 11 different countries.

This year’s iWRITE theme focused on international literacy. “As an Asian American I thought it would be really cool to write about immigrants and how they fit in to American culture,” said Kuzhiyil. “The story is about an Indian American girl and how she finds her way and adjusts her sails to get to where she needs to be while staying true to her own culture,” she said.

Kuzhiyil first developed her passion for writing in intermediate school. She felt encouraged to start sharing her work with others after getting good feedback from her teachers.

“Publishing stories for thousands of people to read is something not a lot of kids get to do, and writing is something that I am passionate about,” Kuzhiyil said, adding that she hopes to continue writing in her future. “I am dipping my toes in the industry before I even graduate high school, which is an amazing opportunity for me.”

Kuzhiyil will be honored at the 10th Anniversary iWRITE Luncheon and Book Signing on Saturday, November 2, 2019, at the Hyatt Regency Downtown. She will read her short story for guests as the Editor’s Choice recipient and autograph her pages within the anthology.

To learn more about iWRITE, please visit www.iwrite.org.
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