Kaya Dierks: YoungArts Playwright & Writer, Dialogue Advice, & Celebrating Your Voice

This month publishYOUth spoke with Kaya Dierks, an acclaimed youth writer and playwright from California! As a two-time YoungArts Finalist and five-time Scholastic Art & Writing Awards National Gold Medalist, Kaya has incredible advice for crafting and sharing your stories. She was also a Writing Mentor & Intern with Writopia Lab, and a member of the esteemed 2020 Adroit Mentorship Cohort. Here we spoke with Kaya about her unique writing process, how she got into playwrighting, and her advice for her young writers!