Creative Writing

Creative writing is any writing that goes outside the bounds of normal professional, journalistic, academic, or technical forms of literature, typically identified by an emphasis on narrative craft, character development, and the use of literary tropes or with various traditions of poetry and poetics. Due to the looseness of the definition, it is possible for writing such as feature stories to be considered creative writing, even though they fall under journalism, because the content of features is specifically focused on narrative and character development. Both fictional and non-fictional works fall into this category, including such forms as novels, biographies, short stories, and poems. In the academic setting, creative writing is typically separated into fiction and poetry classes, with a focus on writing in an original style, as opposed to imitating pre-existing genres such as crime or horror. Writing for the screen and stage—screenwriting and playwrighting—are often taught separately, but fit under the creative writing category as well.

Creative writing can technically be considered any writing of original composition. 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 LaBrant’s Teaching the People's Language to define creative writing. Marksberry notes:

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Homecoming Scholars Award

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Fine Arts Fellowship - Wabash College

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Fine Arts Fellowship - Wabash College

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Knox Writers' Scholarship - Knox College

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Knox Writers' Scholarship - Knox College

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Elizabeth G. Morris English Scholarship

University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire - College of Arts and Sciences

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Elizabeth G. Morris English Scholarship

University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire - College of Arts and Sciences

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Creative Arts Scholarship - GMC

Green Mountain College

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Creative Arts Scholarship - GMC

Green Mountain College

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Barbara H. Padnos International Scholarship

Grand Valley State University

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Barbara H. Padnos International Scholarship

Grand Valley State University

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Nicholas Meyer Scholarship in Dramatic Writing

University of Iowa, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

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Nicholas Meyer Scholarship in Dramatic Writing

University of Iowa, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

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Creative Writing Award - University of Redlands

University of Redlands

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Creative Writing Award - University of Redlands

University of Redlands

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English Merit Scholarship - University of Montevallo

University of Montevallo

$3,500 March 01, 2020 See Details

English Merit Scholarship - University of Montevallo

University of Montevallo

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$3,500

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Holzbock Humanities Scholarship

Oakland University

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Holzbock Humanities Scholarship

Oakland University

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