Eda Tse, mentee
My name is Eda Tse. I'm a writer because I enjoy telling “true” stories and opening up a new world to my readers. I'm a media maker because I believe that combining text and music/photography/video/audio can lead to something greater than itself, revealing the emergent properties inside a piece of work. Some genres I enjoy writing include realistic fiction, poetry, and surrealism. As a writer I hope to improve my pacing of stories, character relationships, and endeavor to write outside of my usual comfort zone. My work has been published in Teen Ink, and will be published in Polyphony HS and the Winter Tangerine Review. In my free time, I enjoy combining biology with fiction, listening to indie rock, and making playlists based on emotions, friends, or stories that I'm in the middle of creating.
Aparna Wilder, mentor
My name is Aparna Wilder. I consider myself a writer and media maker because I help other people take their stories and message to a wider audience. I make short videos, write, and take photographs. Most of my work focuses on creating relevant media for the non-profit sector. My film work has been used by several non-profits, shown at conferences, and broadcast on occasion. While my spirit and energy comes through my work, as a writer and media maker my goal is to do more things for myself and in my own voice. I also run a program at the University of Pennsylvania that sends students to India to volunteer with grassroots organizations for the summer. During my down time I like to play field hockey, go on long runs, cook, organize an open mic night in the city, and entertain my baby niece.
Zombies on the Hudson River is a story that came out of my tinkering with a specific kind of character, combined with my goal to finally break through. Instead of writing my usual realistic fiction piece, with Aparna’s help, I managed to create a more expansive zombie short story. Zombies on the Hudson River looks at all the zombie drama from a more distant standpoint, through a CDC investigator compiling a casefile for his supervisor. I combined many of the skills that we used in Dorkshops: photoshop, audio editing, and HTML coding in order to create the website which nows carries the story of the CDC, Molly, Peter, and Virus Immortui. This piece is something I’ve worked on for very long, and it’s a tribute to the area in which my school is located in. Of course, I hope a zombie virus never comes across New York City, but the mere image of zombies on a frozen Hudson was too good to pass up.