Fight to Write

Jennifer Jenkins
Jennifer Jenkins 112 Comments
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Creative Writing in Utah is slowly being phased out in high schools across the state. This is a deeply concerning issue that sadly begins in elementary schools. Because narrative writing isn’t measured in state testing, many teachers feel pressure to put creative writing on the “back burner” to devote time to the more technical types of writing included in standardized tests. As a result, advocacy for Creative Writing is dwindling, and experts agree that students are not being offered the tools to develop their creative voice.

Dr. J. Lloyd Eldredge Sr., published author and retired professor of Education at BYU has spent his life's work developing reading and writing techniques for children and adolescents. In an interview with Jennifer Jenkins, he spoke at length about the critical need for creative writing in our schools.

"Creative Writing utilizes the highest form of literacy," Eldredge says, "It teaches the developing mind the power of words and articulation that not only fosters imagination, but also translates directly into success in higher education, argumentative writing, and communications in general. Allowing young writers to discover their voice also provides a healthy outlet for a variety of mental health issues such as low self-esteem and depression."

We would like to respectfully bring this concern to the Utah Board of Education and we need your help!Add your voice to the conversation by signing this petition to bring Creative Writing back to Utah schools!

  • Johanna Schaffer
    Johanna Schaffer United States, Spanish Fork
    Jan 24, 2018
    Jan 24, 2018
    We need this!
  • Jacqueline brown
    Jacqueline brown United States, Bountiful
    Dec 30, 2017
    Dec 30, 2017
    Creative Writing quite literally saved me. When you have 3 AP classes to worry about thinking about how a vampire romance, or a thriller in Paris works, it really makes a difference. Creative Writing may not give you college credit, but it will help you stay sane. Any Honors student knows how hard it is to keep yourself from falling apart. Keep creative writing, and keep our minds from creating a virus.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Dec 21, 2017
    Dec 21, 2017
    I want to be a creative writing teacher... I've gotta have a class to do so!
  • Serin Leary
    Dec 15, 2017
    Dec 15, 2017
    The fact that creative writing is slowly getting pulled out of schools is absolutely terrifying.
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