Maya is so excited to be working at Writopia Lab as a part-time intern! Maya took her first Writopia workshop in eighth grade, continuing all the way until graduating high school, and she started interning at Writopia during her sophomore year. She is now on a gap year before attending the University of Chicago in the Fall of 2019, and she knew from the start that she'd want to spend this year working at Writopia. Writing is a huge part of Maya's life: at Stuyvesant High School she wrote for the school newspaper, was a peer editor at the writing center, and was a playwright for the annual student-run musical theater competition, SING!. She has received both regional and national recognition for her work through the Scholastic Art and Writing awards, the Penguin Random House Creative Writing awards, and the Worldwide Plays Festival, and she has been published in Writopia's The Ellipsis and The Parenthetical literary magazines, as well as in Surge Magazine. Maya loves to write poetry, flash fiction, and creative non-fiction, but when she's not writing, she spends her time running, reading, and learning new languages (both human and programming ones!). Maya can’t imagine what her life would be like without Writopia Lab, and she is so happy to continue being a part of this amazing community.