As a freshman at Fremd, Writer's Week came to be one of the greatest weeks during my first year at high school. Every subsequent year since, I have looked forward eagerly to Writer's Week. I loved being able to go see a multitude of talented performers sharing their writing and music with our school, who is fortunate enough to have the resources and teachers to put on such an amazing event. However, I have noticed increasingly since my Freshman year, that every year there seems to be an increase of students who seemingly get up on stage with no apparent writing of any merit. They simply talk about problems in their life or vent about something that has been really bothering them. I understand that many students are going through painful experiences and personal struggles and feel the need to share these feelings with someone else.
But is the Writer's Week stage really the place to do so? I personally, do not enjoy listening to depressing stories about deaths, bullying, divorce, or any other unfortunate and sad event that has happened in someone's life unless it is actually a piece of writing with some merit and thought. Simply getting up on stage and narrating how sad of a life you have had does not seem appropriate to me. There are counselors at our school who you can talk about stuff like that with. Perhaps a support group or a close friend would be a better outlet. I do not feel it is fair that I have to be subjected to the emotional venting of many students that leave me with a sad feeling after their performance when I should be listening to students who have written poetry, songs, or clever writing. Sometimes after a period of Writer's Week, I leave more upset than after watching an abused puppies commerical. Readers should be more considerate in my opinion of the audience and should read something that others can learn from or relate to. I just want Writer's Week to stay about good writing and not turn into a cry fest every year. Emotional writing is fine if there is a point. I don't want to sound insensitive because I understand that many students have a lot more problems that they are dealing with than I have ever had. I am merely suggesting that Writer's Week is not the place to share all these feelings. I would prefer to hear more writing at Writer's Week instead of story telling.