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The rise of creative writing

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Paul Munden argues for the place of creative writing as a distinct subject in our schools and its power to encourage wider creativity in students.

In my role as director of the National Association of Writers in Education (NAWE), I am an ambassador and advocate for creativity. 

In recent years, the skill-sets that different educational approaches and subjects equip students with have become a topic of great discussion and debate among teachers, policy-makers and commentators alike.

While much emphasis is rightly placed on STEM subjects, numeracy, computing and “real-world” skills, creativity is a skill or quality that is talked about less often – despite its vital role in almost every area of study and work. 

I believe that it’s time to re-evaluate the importance of creativity, and recognise that a creative nature is the foundation upon which other skills (even – particularly – those such as computer programming or statistical analysis) are based. 

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