Creative Writing celebrates largest class yet


Senior Peyton Schwartz writes journal entry for Creative Writing class. The Creative Writing class at Northwest High School has increased to include more students.

Students sit in chairs without desks at the fringes of the room, writing in their notebooks. A prompt on the board directs them to write a journal entry telling all that they know about haikus.

This is Creative Writing class.

This course has recently seen an influx of students compared to previous years. According to teacher Abby Turner, this is the first time ever that Creative Writing has been split into two periods.

“One year we had 33 students, another year 17,” Turner said. “It’s to early to tell, because of the kids adding and dropping the class, but the number of students this year is currently 35.”

Currently the 2018-19 class is outnumbering all other years the class was taken. Class expansion is largely attributed to schedule suggestions made by the counseling office.

“More students are aware it exists and want to take it,” Turner said.

Students reflect positively on the new waves of writers filling up the class.

“I think it’s our generation opening up and coming out of our shells,” senior Payton Schwartz said.

Three students from last year returned to the classroom for the rare class of Creative Writing II. Senior Zoe Phillips is one of these three students.

“I took it sophomore year and really loved it, so I decided to take it this year,” said Phillips. “More people should take it in general. This class makes it really easy to leave your stress behind.”

The demographic of the Creative Writing Classroom, however, has not changed. In the past year, only four males took the class. The same appears to be true for the 2017-18 school year, with only four males enrolled in both classes combined.

“I don’t think there’s a correlation [with gender and the choice to take the class], although if I had to guess I’d say it’s because guys think this class is about writing about your feelings,” senior Spencer Staszack said.

Turner agrees with this theory.

“There’s a stigma that only girls emote, but this class is about telling a story,” Turner said. “That shouldn’t be [gender] biased.

Issues may arise later in the year due to Turner’s increased class numbers. In the spring, the theater classes will be holding their big play, making the balance between theater and Creative Writing just a little more difficult.

“It’s too early to tell. There are advantages and disadvantages to it. I’m going to focus on the advantages. That said, I think the spring will have more problems than the fall,” Turner said. “It is what it is.”

Beyond potential conflicts, Turner still celebrates the the new popularity of Creative Writing.

“I think it’s important that a class like this exists,” Turner said. “Arts and electives are difficult in an academically rigorous school like Northwest because there’s a pressure to focus on a career, not where your heart lies.”

The class still has plenty to enjoy for everyone.

“I love it; it’s the best end to the day,” junior Chantia Cruz agreed.