Magazine article Parenting for High Potential

Creative Writing

Magazine article Parenting for High Potential

Creative Writing

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Talented, gifted young writers are invited to submit their most creative compositions in poetry and short stories, in recognition of the creativity pioneer, E. Paul Torrance. During the past six years, the International Torrance Legacy Creative Writing Awards has attracted hundreds of young writers whose work expressed a high degree of imagination and maturity.

As in the other Torrance Awards categories, participating students represent ages 8-18. Qualified judges evaluate submissions in four groups: ages 8-10, 11-12, 13-15, and 16-18. During the 2014 award, the annual themes elicited a wide range of imagination, originality, and creativity in student poems and short stories. Submissions arrived from children and young people throughout the United States and other parts of the world, including Bahrain, Poland, Singapore, and South Korea.

Parents and teachers commented on the enthusiasm of the young writers who pondered the award themes, the material around them (e.g., their life experiences, books, media, current events, family stories), and eagerly launched into the process of composing their own poem or short story.

For some young authors, it was their first voyage; no one had ever asked them to write before. For others, although they loved creative writing and had filled notebooks with original work, they had rarely submitted anything. Then there were those who, though fluent in English, courageously sent their first English composition out into the world.

Most students rarely found creative writing offered in school systems. …

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