chapter  11
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Creative writing and critical rewriting

In a general sense, all the texts studied in the discipline of English are “creative.” But creative writing more specifically names the study not only of the works of past and current writers by students but also of the production of new creative works. Students become writers not only of interesting essays and analyses of texts but of their own poems, short stories, novels, plays, journals and other literary forms. But what is creative writing? Can people be taught to be poets, playwrights or novelists? Like most questions in English, answering this involves several other ideas. If creative writing is about enabling students to be authors, this too raises a question, one that has attracted a great deal of contentious discussion in creative writing about what an author is or does.