Naturally, creative writing courses encourage young writers to improve their art. But what are the other benefits to such courses?
For one, students come to understand the importance of revision.
Students realize that there is more to literature than “what you like.” They come to value imagery, characterization, theme, and the power of language.
They learn that writing, whether creative or academic, is about process.
They learn how to write with commitment.
They learn to engage their imaginations in a setting where such engagement is not only encouraged, but often rewarded.
They learn to approach a writing assignment from a variety of angles, and are given the gift of brainstorming techniques.
Any course that encourages creativity, individuality, and imagination teaches the student to, as they say, think outside the box. And that in itself is invaluable.