Zuha Anjum and Deekshita Gorrepati, Founders of Creative Writing Collaborative (CWC), initially began this as a club at the end of their freshmen year at Irene E. Feldkirchner Elementary School (through the immense support of their middle school English teacher, Mr. Fornale). With their love for writing, they hoped to reach out to young students and share their passion with them as well by focusing on teaching them how to enhance their writing, gaining confidence in articulating their ideas, and truly enjoy writing. Even when the pandemic forced everyone to stay home, they decided to continue their club virtually until the end of the school year. However, an inspid quarantine inspired them to start a virtual summer program where they could continue on CWC in their beds and share their passion and knowledge with children between the ages of 9-11 across the Northeast region. They hope to continue this even after high school because they never want to let go of this pastime of theirs even when they go their separate ways.
Deekshita Gorrepati is a senior at Watchung Hills Regional High School who hopes to major in Biochemistry and minor in English so that she can continue her writing passions. Aside from CWC, she has picked up many dance styles over 11 years, on the school's track team, and tutors children outside of school.
Zuha Anjum is a senior at Watchung Hills Regional Highschool who plans on majoring in Cognitive Science with a minor in Creative Writing to keep up with her creative endeavors. She is an avid reader, writer, developing artist, and has been tutoring younger students since Sophomore year.