By Amber Scates
The Creative Writing class taught by Mrs. Toomoth is on its second year as an elective (it was previously only offered by Ms. Unruh during summer school). It is a fun class where students who want to write creative pieces but don’t have the time to do so, along with building on their writing skills like grammar and the building blocks for an interesting story. Although the class is relatively laid back and allows you to write about anything you like (as long as it is school appropriate), the students may be asked to write in a certain style, like a poem or short story. Some students never thought they would enjoy writing poetry until national poetry month came along and they learned all of the ways they could write a poem.
The Creative Writing class offers a calm environment for the students to write in. Mrs. Toomoth even wants to spend more time writing outside of the classroom this year, like out at the benches or even on the football field. Students who took the class last year are looking forward to learning new and different writing styles along with spending more time writing outside of the classroom.
Senior Brittaney Mann says, “I hope to see our group more involved and prominent in the school and community. Last year we were still getting used to the class, this year I feel like we can do so much more to share our writing or even get more people involved in the class.”
“I hope to see our group more involved and prominent in the school and community. Last year we were still getting used to the class, this year I feel like we can do so much more to share our writing or even get more people involved in the class.”– Senior Brittaney Mann
The class participates in several writing contests throughout the year including the Joplin Globe and the Crowder Quill where the students submit one of their pieces of work and have the chance to win. Most contests will have either a select theme or writing style the students will have to write about. The students who won contests last year from McDonald county were mostly from the Creative Writing class with only two who were not apart of the class last year.
Towards the end of the year the high school students can also submit poems to be put into a self-published poetry book called the Yearly Yawp. This is a collection of poems submitted by the students with no select theme or poetry style. You are not guaranteed to be published in this book. Only the ones that show good grammar and punctuation along with being school appropriate and well written are accepted.