Virginia Tech

Creative Writing Program

Tutoring Gilbert Linkous Elementary School Students


Published Authors


Books Published


Kids In A Current Program

In the Creative Writing (Regular) Program, kids write about whatever they want.

Other programs are catered to a specific theme.

The Kids Can Write Club At Virginia Tech was the first Chapter of Kids Can Write as a whole. Elea Abisamra, Founder and CEO of Kids Can Write, Founded it in June 2022 as a Registered Student Organization. This Chapter has already completed a Fall 2022 program, and is currently running a regular KCW program, a Neuroscience KCW program, and an online tutoring KCW program!

Creative Writing Program Leadership Team

Membership Coordinator

Lillie Tynch

Lillie Tynch is a sophomore at Virginia Tech double majoring in Creative Writing and Professional and Technical Writing. She loves being a part of Kids Can Write, and enjoys helping students find their own passion for storytelling. In the future, she hopes to work as an editor to help people of all ages get their stories published.



Communications Coordinator

Sam Tully

Sam is a Junior double-majoring in Criminology and Sociology with a minor in Creative Writing. She has been writing stories and novels since she was eight.



Logistics Coordinator

Zavier Wise

Zavier is a Sophomore at Virginia Tech majoring in Creative Technologies and has been part of Kids Can Write since Fall 2022.


Meet the Virginia Tech Chapter's First Members


Elea-Maria Abisamra / President, Official Founder & Current Tutor

Hello! I am a Junior at Virginia Tech working towards a degree in Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience. I am also double minoring in Creative Writing and International Studies. Outside of school, I love the outdoors and going on adventures. I am also an author, columnist, a songwriter, and love to read. Most of all, I am a dreamer with the determination to fulfill my goals.

Sam Tully / Vice President, Founding Member & Current Tutor

I’m Sam and I’m a Junior, double-majoring in Criminology and Sociology with a minor in Creative Writing. I’m pumped to be Vice President this semester! I’ve been writing since I was eight, and I regularly find myself in love with fictional characters from books (I’m not sorry). In my free time I like to sing, do makeup, annoy my best friends, waste money on rings, and read tarot cards.

Nate Birmingham / Treasurer, Founding Member & Previous Tutor

Hey! My name is Nate, and I'm a Junior studying Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Technology at Virginia Tech. I enjoy playing basketball and going to the gym every day. I'm really excited to be part of this club, and I look forward to the big impact we'll make!

Phoenix Smith / Founding Member & Previous Tutor

My name is Phoenix Smith, and I am a third-year in communications. I plan to pursue a law degree after finishing my bachelor's degree. Currently, I am the Chief Executive Officer of the Innovate living-learning community at Virginia Tech. Outside of that role, I sing in an acapella group called TechNotes, and I also love to play golf on the weekends with my dad. In addition, I am an adventurer at heart, so I love to hike, rock climb, bike, and just be outdoors. My motto has been to seek discomfort, and I intend to get out of my comfort zone with this organization.

Emma Stern / Founding Member & Previous Tuto

Hello all, my name is Emma Stern. I’m majoring in clinical neuroscience here at Virginia Tech and currently am a Junior. I’m a member of Innovate and a peer-mentor in the College of Science. Some of my interests include life sciences like medicine and biology; I also enjoy PC games and vintage cassette tapes. One reason why I was eager to join this club is my love for poetry and reading as a whole!

Lane Robertson / Founding Member & Previous Tutor

My name is Lane Robertson. I am a Junior studying International Relations and Spanish at Virginia Tech. I love to roller skate, listen to music, read books, and 'photosynthesize' in the sun. My favorite book is The Stranger in the Lifeboat by Mitch Albom.