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Fight to Write

268 Signatures Goal: 1,000

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!

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  • Ben K
    Ben K United States, Salt Lake City
    Mar 28, 2017
    Mar 28, 2017
    Creative writing gives us a way to not only express our ideas, but also to develop ourselves and become better. Limiting this is limiting imagination, and I'm proud to have signed this
  • Amelia Askee
    Amelia Askee United States, Provo
    Mar 25, 2017
    Mar 25, 2017
    Creative writing was one of my favourite classes in my school career. I was overjoyed to be able to have a writing break between math and AP assignments and still have it count for school.
  • Paige
    Paige United States, Provo
    Mar 25, 2017
    Mar 25, 2017
    I have creative writing at my school and it is a blast. Every student should have a chance to take this class.
  • Jeremy Brown
    Jeremy Brown United States, Los Angeles
    Mar 25, 2017
    Mar 25, 2017
    Love creative writing and want to support it.
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