By Sunei Clarke & Siarra Francois
Our podcast will have all of the viewers of You thinking deeply about relationships. We will explore how the show glorifies stalking and possessiveness.
During the Girls Write Now podcast workshop, my friend suggested we collaborate. We decided, along with her mentor, to record a commentary on the show You, which we all watched. To edit and record the podcast, we used the app Anchor. Throughout the process of making this podcast, I learned to be intentional and precise in my speech, because time was of the essence. The most challenging thing about working on the piece was finding time to schedule recording our episode. At the end of the project, I felt proud of what we were able to accomplish in the time we had.
Meet the Pairs
MENTEE SUNEI CLARKE & MENTOR CAITLIN CHASE
Sunei’s Anecdote: A good mentor is hard to find. Thankfully, I lucked out. My favorite thing about my relationship with Caitlin is I have someone to talk to about anything I want. Our conversations are quite fluid and I am never afraid to be open and honest about my feelings on even the most controversial topics.
Caitlin’s Anecdote: Sunei is—in a word—tenacious. She doesn’t just plan to go to college, she wants to go to college in Spain. She doesn’t just wish to be a doctor, she intends to be a doctor in the military. She doesn’t just love to travel, she endeavors to explore the world. When I first met Sunei last fall, I was struck by her curiosity, confidence, and determination. She is eager to engage with the world in all its complexity. We’ve had conversations about feminism, eugenics, and racism, to name just a few. Sunei—I am certain—is ready to take her place in history.
MENTEE SIARRA FRANCOIS & MENTOR ASHLEY WELCH
Siarra’s Anecdote: Throughout the writing program, Ashley and I were able to bond and learn a lot about each other whether it be through workshops or meetups. Meeting Ashley through this program has allowed me to open up and interact with someone in a circumstance that I probably would not have put myself in otherwise. Throughout the program we have been able to learn new interests about each other and things that we have in common.
Ashley’s Anecdote: Siarra and I have worked to hone many of her written skills over the past two years, from switching from the passive to active voice, to making her work more descriptive by “showing, not telling,” to multiple rewrites. When she showed me the story she wanted to submit to the Girls Write Now anthology this year, I was absolutely floored. With so much emotion and insight, the words jump right off the page and into your heart where they leave an indelible mark. Siarra has grown so much as a writer and a person and I am so incredibly proud of her.
Sunei Clarke is a class of 2020 Girls Write Now mentee based in Brooklyn, NY.
Siarra Francois is a class of 2020 Girls Write Now mentee based in Brooklyn, NY.