These critical analysis skills are further used in other literary study outside the creative writing sphere.
Indeed, the process of creative writing, the crafting of a thought-out and original piece, is considered by some to be experience in creative problem solving.
The student develops and structures ideas effectively in a piece about a soldier. The narrator builds up a compelling portrait of the elderly soldier by describing the setting and his physical appearance (1).
This is effectively linked to the old man’s memories and the idea of time (2).
In this sense, creative writing is a more contemporary and process-oriented name for what has been traditionally called literature, including the variety of its genres.
In her work, Foundations of Creativity, Mary Lee Marksberry references Paul Witty and Lou La Brant’s Teaching the People's Language to define creative writing.
Marksberry notes: While creative writing as an educational subject is often available at some stages, if not throughout, K–12 education, perhaps the most refined form of creative writing as an educational focus is in universities.
Following a reworking of university education in the post-war era, creative writing has progressively gained prominence in the university setting.
Though they have their own programs of study in the fields of film and theatre, screenwriting and playwriting have become more popular in creative writing programs, as creative writing programs attempt to work more closely with film and theatre programs as well as English programs.
Creative writing students are encouraged to get involved in extracurricular writing-based activities, such as publishing clubs, school-based literary magazines or newspapers, writing contests, writing colonies or conventions, and extended education classes.