Pictured: (From left) Brooke Lange '19, Emmy Sammons '19, Adam Haggiag, Sally Wen Mao, Wendy Walker, and Avery Barakett '19
By Olivia Falkenrath '19
On February 3, Greenwich Academy held its annual Writers Festival, welcoming novelist Wendy Walker, poet Sally Wen Mao, and film producer Adam Haggiag. The festival, now in its 11th year, was more successful than ever, drawing a record 60 students from GA, Brunswick, Sacred Heart, King, and Rye Country Day School.
The event began with an informal eat and greet, where Mao, Walker, and Haggiag were available to all for casual conversation. The writers then spoke to the group, each explaining their own job, journey, and writing process. Afterwards, students were able to choose two of three workshops to attend, where they would be given the opportunity to work closely with each writer and ask more questions. Many found it difficult to decide which workshops to go to—all seemed equally interesting.
Avery Barakett '19, one of the GA students who organized the event, noted that she found putting the festival together incredibly rewarding, as everyone seemed to enjoy day. She particularly liked the informal, interactive format: "It wasn't a lecture, but that was what made it so awesome." The enthusiasm of the students and writers alike made the festival a gratifying and special event that GA is lucky to host.
Olivia Falkenrath '19 is an editor of GAP and on the staff of Daedalus.