Elizabeth Engel, 17, is a senior at Mamaroneck High School and an accomplished writer.
The teen won more than 10 writing awards this year, including two national medals in the prestigious Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. She won a gold medal for a flash fiction entry, “Sunshine,” and a silver medal for a short story, “Tomorrowland Today.”
For a full list of 2014 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards winners, go here.
Engel loves to hang out at her local bookstore, The Voracious Reader, which is geared toward young adults. It has a charming cafe where we sat down the other day and talked about writing, books, the young adult genre — and why it doesn’t deserve the bad rap it often gets — as well her plans for next year.
Engel lives in Larchmont but has traveled many miles to take part in young writers workshops – she’s been multiple summers to the University of Virginia’s Young Writers Workshop and Kenyon College’s Young Writers Workshop in Ohio. Closer to home, she’s also participated in Sarah Lawrence College’s summer writing program.
She and some friends started their own feminist literary magazine, The Riveter Review – check it out on Facebook.
Young adult fiction is Engel’s favorite literary style for writing and for reading. She’ll attend the renown Wellesley College in Massachusetts in the fall and likely major in English.
Her aspiration? Pursue a career as a novelist. Or an editor at a publishing house. Maybe an English teacher.
“The way I envision my life, there’s no way writing isn’t a part of it,” she told me.
Check out this video of the highlights from my chat with Engel:
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