Erin-Elizabeth Purcell – Mustangs Ahead
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – The creative writing class at LRHS, taught by Kristin Wikstrom, is growing to accommodate increasing interest in the program.
The original creative writing program was scrapped in 2017 after the head of the program left to pursue opportunities at a different school. In 2019, Wikstrom decided to revive the creative writing class and revamp it.
“The first creative writing class was a tremendous success. We grew incredibly close as a class and Mustangs from that year still come down to visit me,” said Wikstrom.
Since the makeover in 2019 the creative writing program has expanded from one class period to two and Mustangs have been excited about the change.
“It may be early in the year, but creative writing has already had such a positive impact on my life. I am really looking forward to the Halloween scary story contest this October,” said senior Konstantino Papageorgiou.
Mustangs are expected to participate in several writing contests, explore opportunities to publish their stories, and dive deeper into literary concepts that traditional English classes don’t have the time to study, such as classic poetry.
Senior Madeline Fields said, “I was in the first creative writing class in 2019 and it was truly a safe space for me. I would recommend creative writing to anyone and I’m excited to see the program grow.”