What can I say? The workshop failed to disappoint.
The purpose of this workshop was to establish a panel of young Voice Contributors and offer training in expressing opinion and writing for a magazine - pretty handy if you’re doing a writing or journalism qualification in school or university. As a young person, you get told on a condescending and regular basis that “you have no idea what we’re talking about” or “you’re too young to have an opinion for that”.
Here on Voice, opinions really do matter, regardless of age, and that was why this workshop was so important.
Aside from introductions at the start, we were introduced to the concept and history of Voice. We were also told about our roles as Voice Contributors; not just writing blogs, but going out and reviewing various events throughout the country - from Brighton Fringe to Edinburgh Fringe, and from small theatre shows to massive arts festivals. All of this is to promote Voice and thus give a much-needed voice to young people in the UK.
I never thought I would be have such engaging conversations with other people about important issues in our society - even outside of the arts. I felt like a reporter once again! Being a Voice Contributor has been the best thing has happened to me - it’s allowed me to be more independent as well as develop my writing skills. I’ve discovered a newfound appreciation for other art forms and culture - visiting cities, exploring marketplaces, spending money at the quirky cafés...I’ve definitely grown as a person, and I can’t wait for next few months.
If you’ve not joined as Voice Contributor, then you’re seriously missing out. Join us today!