Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Teenagers and writing
I have been teaching creative writing for about six years now. The things my students write can be revealing, intriguing and by far inspiring. Many start at the beginning of the year just writing about the frustration they feel about a friend's actions or the awful/amazing feeling they have about the person they are dating. But as the weeks progress, the writing gets deeper. They write each day, and each day they are a step deeper in making a writing corner of their own. The student begins to see what is behind their writing; they grow and what comes out is magical, not because suddenly there is a Pulitzer prize forming in the room, but because they have grasped some essential understanding. Instead of writing about their frustration, they write about frustration. They examine it for its bitter taste, sallow color, caustic odor and suddenly they know frustration. I love that day and the days that follow. This week two of my writers graduated and I wept to see them go. My last words: don't forget to write.