The Young Writers' Endeavor runs on volunteer support so that young Baha'i writers around the world can continue to participate in the workshop for free!
Nasim Mansuri is a fiction writer, poet and journalist with a focus on entertainment, community development and spirituality. She is a film, book and TV reviewer at Hypable.com, and editorial staff at BahaiTeachings.org. She has also worked as a freelance editor for science fiction, fantasy and romance novels. She's currently pursuing a BS in Chemical Engineering and a BS in Professional Writing in Massachusetts, where she's engaged in establishing a strong junior youth and children's spiritual empowerment program with the local community. You can find out more on her website.
Nasim started the Young Writers' Endeavor in 2019 to learn more about how youth can combine their writing talent with the civilization-building vision of the Baha'i Faith.
Prospects were bleak two years ago, when young and talented writer, Nasim Mansuri, sent out a cry for help on her facebook wall, seeking support for her Young Writers' Endeavor. Entire hours had passed and the comment section remained a barren wasteland. Despair was sure to be sinking in at this point.
One could say that, with a single comment, a beacon of Hope emerged from the cyber heavens and changed the course of our hero, Nasim's, story...
On a serious note: Hope is studying Teaching and has aspirations to some day take part in forming a Baha'i inspired community school in her neighborhood. She thinks the Young Writers' Endeavor is a really noble, cool and relevant effort and considers herself lucky to be part of the team. She loves all literary arts but has a soft spot for poetry.
Jackson has a BA (hons) degree in History with Theology and Philosophy. He is 100% British. Being from the south of the island, he's a Celtic descendant. His passion for writing comes from Cornish (homeland) landscapes, love of gothic fiction, comic books and poetry.
Jackson moved to Brazil in 2019 to pioneer after getting married to an amazing coastal Ecuadorian. He currently works as an English tutor teaching kids and adults in China, Taiwan and Japan. Since he moved to South America, he adopted two dogs and two cats: 2 Argentinians and 2 Brazilians to make a team and give some spice and love to life. Jackson joined to Young Writers' Endeavor after Hope Krummel visited him in Brazil and invited him to participate.
Ron Lapitan is a junior youth animator and webcomic artist living in Virginia, US. His series, "Comic Answers to Baha'i Questions," explains Baha'i principles in short illustrations, and his series, "Ron's Baha'i Comics," features short comics about friends of different beliefs learning about their common values, or about the experience of Baha'i youth. Both can be found on Webtoon.com.
The Young Writers' Endeavor is thankful to have the support of professional Baha'i writers who help us develop our curriculum and facilitate key events.
Aaron Schmidt has been working in the field of animation, TV and film for over 19 years. Over the last 12 years Aaron has combined his love of art with his love of teaching. He taught animation at Mahidol University for 10 years. His most recent works include work on the short film “Prodigal” by director Tod Polson, 3D animation for a documentary on whale conservation in the Gulf of Thailand and production of a horror comic titled “Beasts and Children”.
Aaron feels the language of storytelling is one of the most powerful tools available to us humble humans. He is interested in storytelling in all its forms but is most passionate about visual storytelling.
Liz Dwyer is a Los Angeles-based journalist, writer and editor with nearly 20 years of experience covering parenting, education, and social justice. Her work has appeared in national websites and print publications, including New York Magazine, BuzzFeed, Huffington Post, Christian Science Monitor, Ebony, Angeleno, and Good Housekeeping. She was previously the managing editor for Shondaland.com and prior to that worked as the education and culture editor for TakePart.com. Before her career in media, Liz taught third grade in Compton, California and worked in the educational nonprofit sector. In her spare time she volunteers in schools, spends time with her sons, and listens to Depeche Mode.
Najee A. Brown can be described as nothing else than a young entrepreneur. After starting his media company, Mindlezz Thoughtz, in 2011 he has helped provide numerous resources to aspiring artists. In addition to running his own media and arts company, Najee Brown also produced his own music and has danced on every stage from the Apollo to Carnegie Hall. Most recently, Najee wrote and produced his play The Bus Stop, which sold out six times in New York City, and recently featured at the Seacoast Rep last summer. He co-wrote and directed the musical Glimmerings Of Hope, which premiered in New York City and toured Michigan in the spring of 2019. He also directed and choreographed the award-winning musical Henry Box Brown A Musical Journey, in Edinburgh Scotland in the summer or 2019. Brown oversees the “Sol,” series at Seacoast Repertory Theatre, which will focus on presenting Black, Indigenous, and People Of Color (BIPOC) narratives. Stokley and Martin and Nevaeh’s Brother, are his newest plays to premier at Seacoast Repertory Theatre.