Fight to Write

Jennifer Jenkins
Jennifer Jenkins 105 Comments
277 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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  • Kelly Parkinson
    Kelly Parkinson United States, Logan
    May 09, 2017
    May 09, 2017
    Creative writing is healthy therapy. In a state where suicide rates are ever increasing in teens, we especially need these types of creative outlets where children can safely express themselves. As a YA author I have had the opportunity to present at schools in Utah, but it is sad to say that the number of schools who respond to the queries of my publisher is very small. One school asked me to come but said it had to be during lunch hour because they had no time in their Language Arts class to devote to Creative Writing and the school did not have a Creative Writing class available to students at all. I was impressed by the number of students who attended and truly wanted an opportunity to learn and share their work. Thank you for doing this! We NEED creative writing in Utah schools!
  • Brooke Terry
    Brooke Terry United States, Lehi
    May 01, 2017
    May 01, 2017
    Creative Writing shouldn't receive this treatment! It's a form of art that some kids need in their lives, but don't realize it.
  • Matthew Jenkins
    Matthew Jenkins United States
    Apr 13, 2017
    Apr 13, 2017
    It's high time creative writing became a part of school again.
  • Kaycee harvey
    Kaycee harvey United States, Covina
    Apr 09, 2017
    Apr 09, 2017
    Creative writing is a way to being out your creative side, and express yourself.
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