For Creative Writing, you need:A Writer’s Notebook. I suggest a 15-cent spiral-bound wide- or college-ruled notebook fromthe store. If you’re a big spender, you might want one of the 50-cent composition books. You canspend a whole lot of dollars on a gorgeous piece of stationery, but then you might feel a littlefunny about throwing your brain-vomit into it. A writer’s notebook is a place for your messiestthoughts. You need it in class every day.A pen or pencil that you like to write with. Writing by hand on paper utilizes a different piece ofyour brain than typing with your fingers does. We want to stretch both parts – all parts – of thosebrains.Your charged computer. There will be at least 40 minutes of dedicated writing time in classEVERY DAY. We will learn lots of awesome tricks. We will read great mentor texts. And then,amigos, we will WRITE. Come ready.A critical eye. You will be reading your classmates’ work. They will be reading yours. This isnot only for fun. You will learn how to help each other see the great, and you will help eachother see the potential. You need to come with open eyes and an open mind – your brainy ideasmay help a classmate make his work shine. And his may help you.Guts. Bravery. Compassion. You will have chances to read aloud. You will have chances tolisten to others’ work. I demand respect during read-aloud time. Some of the writing we do inclass will make us laugh, some will make us angry, some will make us uncomfortable, and somewill probably make me cry. All of the writers in our class deserve our respect, and we will giveit. Agreed?Here’s what we will produce:Portfolio – You will collect your best work in the four areas of study (short story, poetry,narrative nonfiction, and a picture book) in a digital portfolio. This will be a treasure. Ipromise. (And the actual, physical picture book, which I will keep, admire, and share.)Literary Magazine – You will have the opportunity to submit some of your best writing to thebrand new Wasatch High Literary Magazine. This is an amazing piece of work that will allowsome of you to be published before you graduate from high school. Awesome, right?Let’s write.