Why don’t our schools embrace creative writing more consistently?
Last week, at the suggestion of a mom, I offered a three-day creative writing workshop for middle schoolers. The seven kids who came to my studio with notebooks and pencils were on fire. The quality of the writing and critiquing was thrilling.
After the class, a mom told me what I feared: During her daughter’s sixth gradeyear there was only one opportunity to write a short story. Why? Is it because it’s hard to “grade” creative writing? Is it because making people laugh or cry through your writing isn’t on a standardized test? What do you think?
And what kind of support can I, as a writer, offer to teachers out there who want to do more? Any ideas?