Writing Gets Creative at HHS

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For the first time in recent memory, Hillsboro High School offered a creative writing class for the first semester. This class, while only drawing four students, offered many interesting projects and activities for its students to grasp an understanding of creative writing.

The class was taught by Bob Woelk, who said he has always wanted to add the course to the HHS curriculum.

“In my 30 years of teaching language arts, this is the first time there was room in the schedule to teach the course,” he said. “I was really excited to take on the challenge. My goal was to help students improve their writing skills through a chance to concentrate on writing only. The challenge was to come up with projects that were useful and fun.”

One popular favorite, writing short stories, discussed how to effectively write a short, yet interesting fictitious story.

Callie Arnold, a sophomore class member, said, “Short stories are what I’m most passionate about.”

The first activity dealt with poetry, which was what Sharisse Thiessen said she liked the most.

“I like how poetry is used as lyrics in songs and how it is a different type of language,” said Thiessen, also a sophomore. “I have started to write my own poetry.”

With such a small class, it became easy to work together on new ideas. The class was given the task of writing a play. Each student wrote one scene, and then worked with classmates to finish the play together. When the play was finished, Woelk filmed the students reading the play.

“The last scene in the play was fun to do,” said Thiessen. “We wanted to continue the characters’ personalities from the other scenes into the last scene. Filming was difficult in that we usually started laughing and couldn’t stop.”

Another interesting group project came about when the class was asked to write a book for another student with reading challenges.

“My initial reaction was, ‘Yeah, let’s do it!’” Arnold said. “We decided on a subject in which to start our story. Then, we did some research, and finally we all collaborated with the research we had and voila! We had our book.”

Both girls, Arnold and Thiessen, said they enjoyed the class and would recommend it to others who are interested in writing as a hobby or a career.

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Writing Gets Creative at HHS