As the car pulled into the driveway, I saw the spitting image of the perfect house for a middle class family in America, with a white picket fence and green grass. Surprisingly, there was also a mural of Maya Angelou, Martin Luther King Jr., and other significant African-American figures. From the corner of my eye I saw an African-American woman, laced in pearls and wearing a pink sweater with a green skirt that ended just above her knees, with jet black curls falling midway down her back.
A wide smile appeared on her face; she looked as if she was being given a second chance at something she had lost so long ago.
—Giavonna, student at 826DC
Guided by the words and works of master writers, high school students participated in an intensive short story writing workshop where they cultivated their own narrative voices into a collection called Long Lost.