The value of writing
by Elizabeth Horner
Thank you to the Early Bird Newspaper and County News Online for
welcoming the Teen Scribes of Darke County and giving us a forum for
our voices to be heard. Teen Scribes wants to welcome students
who want to try their hands in creative writing and journalism.
Teen Scribes hopes that as a group, we can promote writing as a form of
self expression, to become more familiar with our own thoughts,
feelings, hopes and dreams. We will work to cultivate among us
creativity, persuasive and effective communication skills, and allow
our inquiring and curious minds to ask questions about our world and
those things in our immediate surroundings that catch our
attention. We want to encourage, support, and learn from each
other. Together we will take our journey in this creative writing
world to bring life into words worthy of articulation.
This is not going to be just work, work, work… we will learn and build
our skills while having a great time. Games and fun activities
are part of it all. We will welcome teachers, parents, and
observers in many of our activities.
In my personal journey, creative writing has so far helped me test well
for P-ACT, P-SAT, and OGT as well as in my school academic performance
and I know it will also help me tackle the college curriculum
better. Creative writing promotes organized thinking, effective
communication of thoughts. I also see creative writing as an exercise
that awakens and sharpens my senses, captures my fears, allows
self-reflection to persuade changes within me, encourages me to be a
learner and an investigator rather than a person quick to judge.
And so, I invite parents and teachers to get their kids/students to try
their hands in creative writing and participate in Teen Scribes.
I particularly encourage junior high students to prepare them for the
challenges of senior high school. I welcome your questions. For
details on how to join Teen Scribes and be a part of its creative
writing mentoring program, please send me an e-mail at ReadtoSucceed2003@yahoo.com.