Otancia specialises in teaching creative writing – some of her own short stories and poems have been published in her home country of Trinidad. She is currently doing an e-volunteer placement with a group of girls in Morocco. Here is her poem about her experience
A breath of fresh air (the pen has power)
Journey into Morrocco, with the eager students at Dar Al Asni
Powerful girls like buzzing bees
Brilliant minds and willing hands creating lines of poetry and life writing
Reciting, Chartering dreams and inciting ships of success
Life Writing fighting against tides of stereotyping
I am helping, the girls are steering ships, lights are shining
Great ideas and dreams are rising
Like Viking sailors, we stand strong
I Am, I Can, and I Will
Think it, Say It, Write It, Be it.
We are inspiring, aspiring rising and defining our destinies
‘If you want to change the world pick up a pen and write.’ (Martin Luther King)
In this journey we are exploring the characteristics of using creative writing to boost self-esteem, to add value and essence to everyday life in a structured writing form that encourages critical thinking, researching and analysis of self, others and your surroundings. My experience with the girls was a one-of-a-kind experience. I have never had students that were so excited about writing and poetry.
Otancia Noel Creative Writing volunteer.
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