The Writers Circle’s
“Freedom of Expression” Policy
At The Writers Circle, we respect children’s imaginations and their right to explore any aspect of creative self-expression. We believe in leaving plenty of room for the wild, ridiculous, tasteless, rude, and occasionally frightening fantasies that often frequent young people’s minds.
Creative writing is the perfect place to safely indulge these notions. While our imaginary characters live out dangerous situations or questionable behaviors, we writers maintain a safe personal distance from which we can explore our curiosities, anxieties and fears.
When writing in our workshops, children can freely approach any subject they choose and write it in any manner that inspires them. If their topic, language or other facet of their work verges on the inappropriate, we demand firm literary justification for their choices.
We do not permit provocative or intentionally destructive expression; nor do we allow racism, prejudice or personally aimed attacks.
Should any of these issues arise in the normal course of creative self-expression, we make every effort to redirect the writer toward a constructive discussion of their choice, working toward a productive approach that focuses on the context of the writing while never personally condemning or criticizing the writer.