Mr. Boruff’s Creative Writing Class
This is a place to celebrate the work of Mr. B’s students.
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“The primary benefit of practicing any art, whether well or badly, is that it enables one’s soul to grow. So the proliferation of creative writing courses is surely a good thing.”
Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
All works published on this website were created by students enrolled in Mr. Boruff’s class at Munster High School. This website exists to preserve and promote these works.
Author Neil Gaiman once described the parameters of creative writing: “The joy of being an author is the joy of feeling I can do anything. There are no rules. Only: can you do this with confidence? Can you do it with aplomb? Can you do it with style? Can you do it with joy?”
This class strives to nurture confidence, develop style, and spark joy.
No work should be reprinted, republished, or reworked without the permission of Mr. Boruff and the work’s author.
The Art of Creative Writing
“It ain’t whatcha write, it’s the way atcha write it.”
~ Jack Kerouac
“Geniuses can be scintillating and geniuses can be somber, but it’s that inescapable sorrowful depth that shines through—originality.”
~ Jack Kerouac
“Write. Find a way to keep alive and write. There is nothing else to say. If you are going to be a writer there is nothing I can say to stop you; if you’re not going to be a writer nothing I can say will help you. What you really need at the beginning is somebody to let you know that the effort is real.”
~ James Baldwin
“The digging is never done because the shovel scrapes at life itself. It is not possible to get it all, or even very much of it, but I gather what I can of the rough, tumbling crowd, the lone walkers and the voluble talkers, the high lonesome signers, the messages people write and leave for me to read.”
~ Annie Proulx