NYWC Summer Youth Workshops: What If You Were Big?

Welcome to NYWC’s Fort Greene Park Summer Writing Series, featuring the powerful poetry and prose from writers age 6 to 17. Every Saturday morning, young people have gathered in Fort Greene Park to participate in NYWC’s free writing workshops for youth. At the end of the summer, we hope you’ll join us  for the 9th Annual Fort Greene Park Summer Literary Festival on August 24, where you’ll get to hear these young voices of tomorrow share their work alongside other award-winning poets and writers. Enjoy!

What comes to mind when you think of the word “big”? Someone could be big in size, or fame, or they could simply feel big, the way one might feel on a particularly good day. It seems the meanings for this word can be realistic or fantastical–or anything in between!

Imagine what you would do if you were big. Does the growth change the way you feel or behave? How might you see the world differently?

What If You Were Big?
by Victoria Sahadi, age 11

I tower over every house, every tree, every skyscraper around me. It seems that nothing is as big as I am. Every step I take makes an incredibly loud thump that could make a person deaf. I have to watch where I walk, or I end up smashing a tree on a few cars. I am usually very careful so this has only happened about 50 times. My home makes the tallest buildings in all of New York look like toothpicks. It is so tall that even though I’m 600 feet tall, I can’t see the top of it. It stretches into the sky for miles on end. It takes up about 30 or 40 miles on each side, and that doesn’t count the backyard. So many people have the wrong idea about giants. They think that they rip apart humans and live in the sky near beanstalks, but that is not true. They mainly just walk around ignoring everything else. If they accidentally step on houses or people, well, they’re big, and things can happen.