I am often approached by parents, whom have what they deem to be creative kids. These kids happily compose stellar stories, intriguing plays or heartfelt poems. Generally, but not always, these parents want me to help their kids develop strong story structure, clarify their clandestine ideas, or simply to provide what they deem as professional feedback on their kids’ creations. I enjoy working with such imaginative kids However, there is another group I also enjoy working with--the reluctant writer.
For some reason, if a child seems geared to technology, science, math, business or technology I am rarely contacted. Perhaps, parents believe writing skills are not required for such professions. However, writing is simply thinking on paper and all of us, no matter our age, can further develop our thinking skills. These professions need writing skills even more than ever because writing teaches students how to communicate better.
In fact, if I had the space and time, I could cite a number of studies that prove writing skills are just important as technology skills. In fact, they work in tandem. What good is it if you were to find the cure to cancer, but could not accurately convey your ideas to a generation of new doctors.
Teaching creative writing skills is just as important as teaching rudimentary persuasive and research writing skills. In fact, I know of a young man (a former student) that was went to a secular university and received an A on a creationism science paper, even though his professor was an adamant evolutionist, simply because he employed some creative writing and persuasive techniques I had taught him. Numerous studies show the link between creativity and problem
solving such that many universities are now requiring science,
engineering, technology and pre-med students to take creative writing
In my Creative Writing & Young Author classes workshop classes young writers of all skill levels thrive. STEM students carve exciting worlds, while the more literary inclined pupils make their words dance on the page. You can start your own classes and watch writers thrive. If you're looking for more insight, my book "Inspire the Writer in Your Child: The Writer’s Workshop Method to Teach Creative Writing" will guide you in the process.
Prof. Cheryl is a professor, author and homeschooling mom and the
developer of the Young Author and College Prep Writing classes where through rigor , practice and targeted skill building, students develop their collegiate and creative writing skills.