The Importance of Creative Writing: Teen Author Boot Camp

There’s this amazing event held each year at the Utah Valley Convention Center called Teen Author Boot Camp. It has played such an important role in my progression in writing. I attended in 2015 and 2016. For me, it gave confidence. I wasn’t weird because I loved to write; there are actually a lot of teens that love to write. I won a contest. What?! I didn’t even know I was any good at writing. Maybe my book is good enough to be published, even if I was only fifteen when I wrote it. Maybe it’s good enough to be read by more than just myself.

I recently had the opportunity to appear on the morning show, Good Things Utah, with two of the amazing ladies, Jennifer Jenkins and Jo Schaffer, that put on this non-profit writing camp each year. You can watch our segment HERE.

They called themselves crazy for putting on the camp, saying that basically the only thing they receive from their hours and hours of work is the satisfaction of seeing young writers learn, grow, and have a fun time at their event. But still they love it. Non-profit really means non-profit. I’m amazed and grateful that there are advocates like this for writing. Donating so. much. time. It was great getting to know them better and I look forward to participating in TABC this year as a presenting author. It will be different and intimidating, but probably really fun. :]

Besides putting on this camp each year, these ladies have started a petition to protect creative writing in schools. You can sign it here.

From the ladies of Teen Author Boot Camp:

“Creative Writing in Utah is slowly being phased out in high schools across the state. This is a deeply concerning issue that sadly begins in elementary schools. Because narrative writing isn’t measured in state testing, many teachers feel pressure to put creative writing on the “back burner” to devote time to the more technical types of writing included in standardized tests. As a result, advocacy for Creative Writing is dwindling, and experts agree that students are not being offered the tools to develop their creative voice.”

Creativity is such a big part of me, and I find it in art, baking, music, and most of all writing. Where do you find your creativity? What does it mean to you? Sign the petition to support those that find it in writing.

On top of all this, these ladies are authors! Show them some love and check out their books! I will definitely be reading them soon. Nameless by Jennifer Jenkins, and Against Her Will by Jo Schaffer.

 

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