Animal Tales Q&A


We make writing fun! Join us this summer for a creative, enriching writing experience that allows children to explore their imaginations while building confidence and literacy skills.

We spoke with Jill Gindi, who is teaching our “Animal Tales” summer camp (August 12-16, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.; ages 7-10) to find out about her favorite animal inspiration and why she loves to write.

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PWN: What’s your favorite animal to write about and why?

JILL: I love to write about parakeets! Growing up, my brothers and I were not permitted to have any pets because my mom was allergic. When I was six, my dad brought home a small cardboard box with holes poked in the top. To our surprise, my parents had found us a pet that did not cause my mom to have an allergic reaction! We were so excited to welcome a colorful parakeet named Tweety into our home! Since I have such fond memories of Tweety, I like to write nonfiction and fiction stories involving a pet parakeet. Tweety was and still is the only pet that I’ve ever had!

PWN: Which famous animal character would you want to have dinner with? What would you ask him/her/it?

JILL: I would like to have dinner with Garfield the cat. I would spend our meal trying to convince him that there are so many delicious food options other than lasagna!

PWN: What moment in the classroom gets you excited as an instructor?

JILL: I love writing shared stories with my students. Creating a story together is a great way for me to model writing techniques. You would be surprised at some of the fantastic and creative ideas children can come up with just by giving them a little push!

PWN: Why do you write?

JILL: I find writing to be relaxing and enjoyable! It is also a great way to express your thoughts and exercise your mind and creativity.

Register for Animal Tales here.

Jill Gindi is a Writing Instructor for Project Write Now.