Student Stories: Hatching Ideas With LA Screenwriters

April 18, 2018

Kaci_Tavares_In-Action_Photo_4By Kaci Tavares, Yawkey Program Intern

On a Friday in June 2017, I exited The Hatchery Press, exhaling a breath I didn’t know I had been holding. I had done it. I had completed my first week of a full-time internship in a new city. Every day I braved the Los Angeles public transit: an hour-long pattern of commuter rail, metro, and bus, before putting in a 7-hour work day, and reversing the trek back “home.” I was exhausted, but I was proud. I’d begun to find my place at The Hatchery a membership-based, co-working space dedicated to creating a community of writers in the LA area. Switching between their two buildings, the East and West Eggs, I observed not only the mother-daughter, co-owner and founder duo Suzanne Phillips and Talia Bolnick at work, but also professional novelists, screenwriters, poets, playwrights, and comedians, too. Their work and presence in the Space was quiet, diligent, and sometimes inconsistent, but it was theirs.

The Hatchery offered me a unique place where I found a shared melding of my passions for English and Education in a non-traditional setting. I had picked up my Education degree in a moment of panic, fearful of becoming another struggling artist after graduation. The Hatchery community the six-member administrative team, and the writers themselves helped remind me that my chosen areas of study were both relevant and important. As a poet myself, seeing these published authors these success stories crafting their truths before me, affirmed I had made the right choice in pursuing an undergraduate career in literature and learning.

As the administrative assistant intern, I shadowed each of the administrative team members, which meant no two days looked the same. I loved dipping my toes into all the different aspects of the business something I now know is unique to a small mom-and-pop company. I refilled coffee and watered the rooftop garden, but also conceptualized and implemented a new library system for The Hatchery’s resource library, and on Wednesdays, I partook in and eventually led their creative writing and poetry workshops.

Ten-weeks later, as I walked to the Number 14 bus stop in Larchmont Village for the last time, I was sad to leave, but grateful for the opportunity the Santander Sophomore Internship Program allowed me. At The Hatchery Press, I saw what a future in English and Education outside the bounds of academia can be, and grew in confidence, independence, and self- advocacy. I now realize why The Hatchery leaves its doors open to its writers 24/7. Working at The Hatchery may be a 9-to-5 job, but working as a writer is a 24/7 job; it never stops. Although I still do not know what my 9-to-5 job will look like come May 2019, after my summer in the East and West Eggs, I do know that I will never stop writing. And, when the time comes, I will refuse to settle for anything less than finding a job that allows me to explore my two loves: the written word, and teaching others about the power of it.