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Meaningful Moments as an Intern for the Indiana Writers Center

Faint lights shined on the Indy Reads stage as the Saint Florian CASH Club high schoolers performed their spoken word writings; they worked hard all summer for this moment.

For the past two summers, I have interned with the Indiana Writer’s Center as an intern with the Saint Florian CASH Club high schoolers. I remember my first day ever working with them, it was June of 2016, when I walked in the room I could feel their cold stares falling upon me. I could only imagine they were thinking,

“Who is this girl?”

“Oh great… another teacher who’s going to make me write.”

“Why should I trust her?”

I don’t blame them though. I was a stranger coming into their summer camp with the intention of having them write and share their memories. I would’ve felt the same way if I were in their position, but I knew that there had to be something I could do to earn their trust. So, that first day when the prompts were given to them, I decided to write along with them. I wrote about an intimate moment of my own life and allowed myself to be vulnerable. I did this without the intention of sharing, but once it came time for author’s chair, their eyes once again fell on me.

“Miss Eileen, let’s hear what you wrote.”
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Dr. Lyn Jones and the Indiana Writers Center Featured on the BSU Website

Professor Lyn Jones is the Education Outreach Director at the Indiana Writers Center (IWC). Over the summer, Jones and Ball State Student interns worked on a project called Building a Rainbow that focused on helping at-risk youth write memoirs. Below is a link to the Ball State University website featuring a story on  Jones, the interns, and the project.

Visit this link to read the full story.