Professional authors mentor BSHS writers

by Mya Pearson

“This was really a learning experience for us to be able to see other students ideas and listen to why they like writing and how it helps them,” senior Tim Davis 

The Creative Writing II class had the opportunity last week to attend the “In Our Own Words Writer’s Workshop at the Writers Place down in Kansas City. This is a writing organization that provides professional writers to look over the students’ work and offer constructive feedback on what they can do to improve their writing skills. The students write and submit an original poetry piece before visiting the Writers Place.

“This was really a learning experience for us to be able to see other students ideas and listen to why they like writing and how it helps them,” senior Tim Davis said.

The kids got into small groups and read each other their own stories and gave out opinions and ideas to one another. Each group had a professional writer with them that also gave their feedback as to what they could do to improve their poetry, short story or drawing.

“Once we got there we got into small groups with different writers and we were able to start giving each other ideas easily. We reviewed on basic writing skills and had a great place to share creativity,” senior Alize Hessler said.

Awards were presented to for writings done ahead of time when a professional writer visited their classroom. Additionally, all of the participating students were published in the  literary magazine called “In Our Own Words.”

“The literary magazine includes all the participants in the writing program and they each get their own individual copy and the library will get one as well. Its an opportunity to get some recognition for their work and for it to be published,” teacher Julie Sturman said.

To be able to attend this field trip students must have taken Creative Writing  I first, and then be enrolled in creative writing II. To be included in the magazine, students who are not enrolled in creative writing courses can submit work to Sturman.