On February 9th, 2024 in Barter Community Hub we celebrated the talent and creativity of this year’s winners! All participants cherished the opportunity to meet other young writers and exchange ideas and inspiration.
Before the official ceremony, this year’s winners and their English language teachers visited the US Embassy where they were greeted by Deputy Chief of Mission Andrea Brouillette-Rodriguez and Eric Brassil – the Cultural and Educational Affairs Officer. The students showed impressive knowledge during the American Literature Quiz and enjoyed listening to the excerpts from the favorite books of some of the embassy staff members.
As we had such talented writers this year, we gave out special awards! The first ones were from the American University in Bulgaria – Teodor Matuski received a spot in the AUBG educational summer camp and Ameli Kolarska and Daniela Koleva won AUBG merch. Nasko Fotev won the special award from Cynthia Phoel, who is a writer and former Peace Corps volunteer in Bulgaria. The special award in honor of Tim Steflik, who was also a Peace Corps volunteer in Bulgaria, was given to Lora Angelova. Simona Karaivanova, Ivana Stoyanova and Lora Angelova received special prizes from Zaeshka Dupka Academy.
On February 10th, we had the pleasure to take part in a literary walk organized by Reading Sofia Foundation. The guide – Albena Todorova, shared with the participants interesting information and useful tips on how to be better writers. We explored Sofia’s hidden treasures for inspiration.
You can read the collection of this year’s winning works at http://www.creativewriting-bg.com/assets/Final-BCWC-24-booklet.pdf
Congratulations to all winners and see you next year!
6th grade winners 6th grade teachers Sophia Kleinsasser – member of the National Jury 7th grade winners 7th grade teachers 8th grade winners 8th grade teachers Emy Georgieva shared translated poetry and painting inspiration Marco Jara – member of the Preliminary Jury Maria-Veselina Veleva with her teacher Mariana Daneva from Haskovo