If you’re nearing the end of high school or are just starting college, you’ve probably heard at least one of your teachers talk about the importance of internships. Doing a summer internship right before your senior year of high school can look great on college applications. If you’re studying English, Journalism, Communications, or anything similar at university, an internship might be required to graduate. And if you’ve never done anything remotely similar to an internship before, just applying can be daunting. But as someone who’s been lucky to do a few internships now, I feel like I can offer a little bit of help.
I’m a Nonfiction camper and — starting only a month prior — blogger. Before all that, I’ve never experimented with writing much outside of school. I loved writing, but somehow the time to write what I deemed “writing” never came for me. Naively, I believed if I couldn’t write a novel, I wasn't a writer. But, three months and many prompts later, I found myself fortunately wrong. It’s the last week of TYWI’s Summer Camp, and It’s bittersweet.
I didn’t immediately know I wanted to study journalism at college. In high school, all I cared about was watching movies and writing. After graduation, I decided to do a one-year general program in media studies. As the year came to an end and I saw all my classmates going on to apply for various film degrees, I found myself only wanting to write. I had no idea what kind of writing I wanted to do: all I knew was that my high school English class was where I felt most at home. I practiced a script, memorizing how I would disappoint my mom by telling her I was dropping out at the end of the year. Instead, I ended up telling a friend I was going to leave, and he advised me to try journalism. Not expecting to like it, I submitted a portfolio and packed my bags.
A theme I notice in writing communities like TikTok, or Instagram is a severe lack of nonfiction acknowledgment. The book recommendations are always filled with fantasy, while the accounts with the most followers post about YA romance. As someone who wants to specialize in nonfiction writing, it’s a little disheartening. It’s not that these places don’t exist for us, but more so that they’re usually overshadowed by the fiction community or filled with already established journalists. Think about it, when was the last time you found a post about a nonfiction book? Exactly.
Nonfiction is more than just your outdated math textbook. And while yes, many nonfiction books are boring, there is truly nothing more satisfying than knowing that the incredible story you’ve just read is true. Here are four of my favorite graphic novels based in truth.
Other than the recurring image of a van traveling around the states, I didn’t have a solid idea what travel writing was before this week. So when TYWI’s nonfiction camp theme was announced, I was confused to say the least. How could I possibly write about travel if I’ve rarely left my city? Thankfully, I’ve come to learn more about it with the help of daily prompts and discussions. But, that also involves the murkier side of travel, just in general. So, I'll be passing on everything I’ve gathered about the wide world of travel writing. Stick with me, it’ll be worth your time.