This post focuses on creative writing and what it does for students. For a start, it:
- Allows them to express themselves without judgement or criticism. Surrounded by so many rules and limitations, kids need this.
- Sharpens their use of proper grammar, spelling, and punctuation. This is always good for grades and job skills.
- Makes them think. Once they start doing this, anything can happen.
- Allows them to dream. They begin to imagine their future lives, among other things.
- Helps them plan. The adults in their lives have expectations. Children learn to expect from themselves as well.
- Grows their self-esteem. Fearless, confident kids are always a plus.
- Encourages their creativity. This is used in play and problem-solving.
- Gives them liberty. Their final draft of a successful upbringing is an independent, self-sufficient adult.
- Gives them courage. Those who are afraid yet still move forward into a positive outcome is just one possibility of this scenario.
- Develops a useful skill. Practice improves execution.
- Gives them access to like-minded peers. Writers’ groups are another possibility. If nothing else, they can socialize with others who write and form their own.
- Empowers them. This speaks for itself.
- Makes them leaders. Most people are followers.
- Produces innovators. Expanding on a current process or product is a large part of business.
- Generates inventors. Without the new, what would people anticipate?
- Forms authors and writers. Many new books were released this year. Like the number of first-time novelists, it grows exponentially. The same can be said for new magazines and other print media, online and offline.
- Crafts poets. Communicating in a brief, written form is an underappreciated art. It will put them in touch with their emotions and other people.
- Builds playwrights. Who writes all of those great Broadway shows and visual feasts? Actually, a lot of people do.
- Constructs storytellers. This is a skill used in every aspect of life. It may begin with an idea and culminate in the review of a full life.
- Hones them into teachers. This is a synonym for parent, elder, older sibling, etc.
The literal meaning is fine, too.
What would you add to this list?