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Encyclopedia > Creative Writing

Creative writing is a term used to distinguish certain imaginative or different types of writing from technical writing. The lack of specificity of the term is partly intentional, designed to make the process of writing accessible to everyone (of all ages) and to ensure that non-traditional, or traditionally low-status writing (for example, writing by marginalized social groups, experimental writing, genre fiction) is not excluded from academic consideration or dismissed as trivial or insignificant. This distinction is helpful in separating the writing from more technical writing, professional writing or journalistic writing. However, the term 'professional' may be misleading because many novelists are professional writers in that they write for a living. Any novel provides an example of what creative writing is. It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with technical writing. ... Professional Writing refers to a wide spectrum of writing for academic or scientific journals, business reports, position papers, policy statements, and similar endeavors. ... Journalistic Writing Journalistic writing can be viewed as the practice of keeping a journal: perhaps a diary. ...

Thus, creative writing includes but is not limited to:

Taught courses in creative writing are increasingly popular, ranging from one-day workshops to three- or four-year university degrees. The university program has become a common and popular addition to the English field of study alongside such emphases as English education, technical writing, communication and professional writing. While some people still argue that true talent for writing cannot be taught, many argue that it is possible to teach techniques which help people access or exploit their creativity, from overcoming writer's block and generating random ideas, to understanding how standard genres of writing achieve their effects and structuring their work. The field has also made a way to teach young minds about the processes of editing and publishing such work. In fact, such noted authors as Michael Chabon, Kazuo Ishiguro, Decheonbae Jones, Ian McEwan and Rose Tremain are graduates of university creative writing programs as are popular screenwriters David Benioff and Peter Farrelly. // Fiction (from the Latin fingere, to form, create) is the genre of imaginative prose literature, including novels and short stories. ... This does not cite any references or sources. ... The Chinese poem Quatrain on Heavenly Mountain by Emperor Gaozong (Song Dynasty) Poetry (from the Greek , poiesis, a making or creating) is a form of art in which language is used for its aesthetic and evocative qualities in addition to, or in lieu of, its ostensible meaning. ... Screenwriting refers to the art and craft of writing screenplays for film or television. ... Film is a term that encompasses individual motion pictures, the field of film as an art form, and the motion picture industry. ... Cover of the first English edition of 1793 of Benjamin Franklins autobiography. ... Creative nonfiction is a genre of literature, also known as literary journalism and narrative journalism, which uses literary skills in the writing of nonfiction. ... A genre is any of the traditional divisions of art forms from a single field of activity into various kinds according to criteria particular to that form. ... English studies is an academic discipline that includes the study of literatures written in the English language (including literatures from the U.K., U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, India, South Africa, and the Middle East, among other areas), English linguistics (including English phonetics, phonology, syntax, morphology, semantics... Look up Creativity in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Writers block is a phenomenon involving temporary loss of ability to continue writing, usually due to lack of inspiration or creativity. ... Michael Chabon (born May 24, 1963) is an American author best known for his novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2001. ... Kazuo Ishiguro (カズオ・イシグロ Kazuo Ishiguro, originally 石黒一雄 Ishiguro Kazuo, born November 8, 1954) is a British author of Japanese origin. ... Ian McEwan CBE, (born June 21, 1948), is a British novelist (sometimes nicknamed Ian Macabre because of the nature of his early work). ... Rose Tremain is an author and academic. ... David Benioff (born circa 1970 in New York City) is an American writer. ... Peter Farrelly is a screenwriter, producer, director and novelist from Cumberland, Rhode Island. ...

From the above attempt at definition, it is also clear that "creative writing" implies the possibility of "creative reading." A literary artifact whose author did not consider it creative may be read, ingenuously or disingenuously, as if it were written in a creative context. The reverse process can also be applied – often a kind of criticism analogous to "my five-year-old could have done that" – so creative writing, its definition and the ways that it is (or even the fact that it is) taught continue to be controversial issues in literary circles. Shortcut: WP:LCI This is a list of previously controversial issues. ...

See also

Authorship is the act of creating a work, idea or theory. ... A book report is an exposition giving a short summary of a book and a reaction to it. ... Look up Creativity in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Expository writing is a mode of writing in which the purpose of the author is to inform, explain, describe, or define his or her subject to the reader. ... Writing fiction takes consistent practice. ... Old book bindings at the Merton College library. ... Show, dont tell is an admonition given to beginning writers who use too much exposition instead of using action and dialogue. ... Writers block is a phenomenon involving temporary loss of ability to continue writing, usually due to lack of inspiration or creativity. ... Illustration of a scribe writing Writing, in its most common sense, is the preservation and the preserved text on a medium, with the use of signs or symbols. ... A writing circle is a group of like-minded people needing support for their work, either through writing critiques, workshops or classes, or just encouragement. ... Writing style reveals the personality, thoughts, and voice of a writer in his or her prose. ...

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The Department of Creative Writing at UCR offers the only Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing in the University of California system and MFA in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts.
Through writing fiction, poetry, nonfiction and/or drama, students examine language and meaning both as practitioners and as readers as they develop and hone essential writing techniques.
Creative Writing Professor Andrew Winer Awarded 2004 NEA Literature Fellowship
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