Creative Writing II
Taught By: Mrs. Emma Richardson
Class Length: One year (meets one day per week for .5 elective credit)
Topics Covered: Poetry, Short Story, and Creative Non-fiction Essay Composition
Prerequisites: Creative Writing I
Creative Writing II is an exploration of poetry, short story, and personal nonfiction writing that builds upon techniques developed in preliminary writing classes. During each period, my fellow classmates and I gathered in a “writer’s circle” and passed papers written in response to a particular prompt, adding comments as we went. While this may sound somewhat exposing, these peer reviews proved to be worthwhile opportunities where we writers developed our style and skill through a network of support and constructive critique. I find that my time spent in Creative Writing I and II not only gave me an outlet for expression, but it strengthened my essay writing, an invaluable skill when applied to college applications. My favorite part of the creative writing courses, however, was the opportunity to participate in Southern Voices, MSMS’s student-produced literary magazine, during both my junior and senior year. Work written in Creative Writing I and II found publication in Southern Voices, and my time in these classes even inspired me to join the magazine’s editorial staff. Through my time at MSMS, my writing developed and now remains one of my most rewarding hobbies.
-Emma Thompson, Class of 2013