Former Educator Marie Tang is Convinced That Teachers, Books and Laughter Can Change the World

Oct 9, 2023 | Scholarship Stories

Marie Tang received a General Scholarship and used it to attend Start Now: Plotting Your 2023 YA or MG Novel with Sona Charaipotra, Dante Medema and editor Trisha Tobias. Marie says “Well, I’ve started. I will be submitting an outline to Trisha Tobias. I’m very excited to receive her feedback and continue working on my first novel. I was grateful to meet some people from the course as well and now have a wonderful accountability partner.”

Marie’s Story

Marie tells tales of grit, tenacity, and compassion, words she believes children and adults should regularly seek to define. She is proud of her collected experiences good and bad (they make you stronger), and grateful for all the people she’s met along the way. Marie is convinced that teachers, books, and laughter can change the world.

She says “As a former educator, I believe there are so many ways to inspire kids. I try to find these “ways” with my stories and I hope that with the writing of this middle grade novel, I will learn something new about myself and my culture that can inspire a child who fills similar shoes. I also always aim to inspire kids to be proactive about learning and living their dreams.”

Before receiving the scholarship Marie had taken two other Highlights Foundation workshops.  “The first was Plotting from A to Z. It was a great experience and I really enjoyed the community. Through that course I connected with a critique group with which I worked with for a while and am still in connect with.”

She also took a self-paced course, Getting Your MG or YA Novel Unstuck and says “the video lessons were chock full of information. Very useful if you are in the thick of writing your novel.”

“It was so meaningful and positive to know that I have support in my writing journey. We writers work so hard for very little in return (sometimes worse than little, flat out rejected! haha) that it’s nice to know you have a community and support from fellow writers who understand.”

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