Do you know what creative writing is?

The title of this article is clear: “Creative writing”.

I write, therefore, I create.

It sounds so simple. But, who says 'creative' says 'invention'.

 Creative writing is particularly developed in the United States and English-speaking countries for decades.

It is a practice that is developing in France, but which remains marginal compared to other countries.

What is creative writing?

It is above all a method of writing taught in English-speaking universities and which is spread all over the world.

In France, this practice is often found in writing workshops, more or less long, free, or paid. 

This method aims to access different literary genres (novels, short stories, theater, poetry, scripts, autobiographies, essays, etc.).

This method provides access to the personal pleasure of writing or of being a graduate through university courses leading to professions related to writing.

The main goal for the person not following a course is to relearn how to have fun by writing.

To appropriate writing outside the imposed school framework.

Because, what we did in the school framework, How to create a Wikipedia page for your business is not creative writing. It is compulsory school writing to pass and succeed in diplomas.

Since the creation of my blog, I have been talking about writing fun. There is no reason to suffer in a writing exercise. But, there is also no reason for you to continue to experience pain while writing or at the thought of writing.

The purpose of creative writing is to release the blockages in you, to really relearn how to write, in the sense of aligning several lines by developing a story, made up or not.

Becoming an author or writer is acquired through techniques; no one has infused science.

Talent is learned. How can we believe that artists, like Pablo Picasso or Victor Hugo, get down to their works without learning any techniques? Even if they learned on their own, they necessarily developed techniques and enriched them throughout their works. They had the base and enriched it with their talent.

This is commonly referred to as Chateaubriand syndrome.

To sum up, creative writing is:

  • to write
  • read
  • to say
  • To invent oneself.

Skills developed by creative writing

By practicing creative writing, you will develop a lot of skills.

First, by writing regularly and more and more, you will gain self-confidence.

You will find that you are able to line up a few consistent lines on top of that, and I bet you will get a taste for it.

One word after another… Step by step…

If you are attending a creative writing workshop, you will be speaking in front of a group.

This kind of practice allows our creations to be read in front of the participants. At first, you will probably be shy and hesitant. Then, in the long run, you will gain confidence in yourself, and you will be able to put the right intonation.

As you read your productions, you will be forced to confront the benevolent criticism of others in the group.

These criticisms allow you above all to progress and to realize the flaws in your writings in order to improve them.

Then, in the next step, you will be able to self-assess yourself.   It is an important and essential skill in our life.

Your self-assessment does not devalue you. But, be able to see what is and is wrong with your writing.

By participating in a creative writing workshop, you will learn to listen to others.

Essential skill at all levels of life.

Since your first writing will not be perfect, you will learn to persevere.

To advance step by step. Nothing can be learned in a few minutes.

Isn't this the case with musicians when learning their instrument? How many years does it take them to learn, improve and become a virtuoso?

You will also learn cooperative work by being in a group.

You will build interpersonal relationships in the group.

You will be in an interactive dynamic, which can only do you good!

You will open up to your creativity and that of others.

But, above all, you must integrate the main ingredient: PLEASURE!

We agree: you forget grammar and spelling mistakes.

You stop being subject to the rules to enjoy writing.

Forget the fear of ridicule; the adage says that ridicule does not kill!

In a workshop, you are no longer at school or in the working world.

You are not looking for performance, but the pleasure of writing!

There is no competition in creative writing except with yourself!

Existing training courses in France

 Creative writing exists in the United States since the late nineteenth century.

The University of Iowa established its first Poet Apprentice Workshop in 1897!

This same university, in 1936, created a Master of Fine Arts (Beaux-Arts - in the broad sense), validating a diploma in creative writing.

American universities, notably that of Stanford, Montreal in Canada, Leipzig in Germany, Oxford in the United Kingdom, Melbourne in Australia, have all, for a very long time, integrated university courses of creative writing, leading to diplomas.

France created such courses very late.

Why? Our country has always been suspicious of this kind of American practice, believing without doubt that talent cannot be taught, that it is undoubtedly innate.

And our great literary tradition has done the rest!

In France, unfortunately, literary creation still gives rise to debates and controversies, always develops reservations and tensions, and allows itself to make fun of these formations.

The first French University to have created a course is that of Aix-Marseille in 1968. She was a pioneer in this area.

It has created university writing workshops and a University Diploma since 1994 “Training in the animation of writing workshops”.  Since 2012, she has offered a doctorate in “Practice and theory of artistic and literary creation”. And since 2013, a “Literary and cinematographic creation” license has been offered.

Since 2012, the University of Toulouse II Le MI rail has offered a master's degree in “Writing skills”, for future screenwriting professionals, future journalists, or editors.

The University of Le Havre, since 2012, in partnership with the city's art school, has set up a master's degree in literary creation.

Paris 8 University, since 2013, has also created a master's degree in literary creation.

The University of Cergy-Pontoise, since 2015, has created a master's degree in creative writing and writing professions.

You should know that Italy, Portugal, and Spain, among other countries, far exceed us in these formations.

No public structure in France provides access to the teaching of writing.

There was indeed a program initiated by the National Education “At the school of writers”, which concerned the ZEP (Priority Education Zone), in 2006, intended for pupils of 4th and 3rd in difficulty, sponsored by a writer.

Possible opportunities after these training

You can become a public writer (see the blog article written on this subject).

You put at the service of others. Your pen and your skills will allow your clients to understand their writing.

You can become a biographer: you will write about people's lives, listen to all their memories and confidences about their life.

You can become a proofreader: in publishing houses, in press services; the corrector is very useful for re-reading everything and avoiding typos!

You can become a publisher: the publisher not only chooses which books to publish but must also be able to appreciate the style of the authors.

You can become a professional writer: You will then become an expert in writing by tackling all the administrative tasks within a company, a community, an association or even an individual.

You can become a screenwriter: you can write screenplays for cinema, television, comics, video games, etc.

You can become a translator, translator: you will translate documents into the language you will master. It can act as professional documents, contracts, etc.

You can become a literary event organizer: you will animate cultural policy within a city, a library, for a book fair or any other event around literature.

You can become a public relations officer: you will seek to promote the image of your company or your city.

You can become an assistant/advertising manager: depending on the structure in which you will work, you will have very diverse tasks - finding clients, maintaining contact with them, setting up an advertising campaign strategy, etc.

You can become a Wikipedia page creator: you will write, format, and prepare for the dissemination of information in the written, spoken, television or multimedia press.

You can become an editorial assistant: you will assist the publisher or the editor in monitoring the implementation of the editorial program.

You can become a writing workshop leader: you will lead workshops with various audiences; you will need experience in writing, listening, and taking charge of groups.

You can see that the opportunities can be multiple after this kind of training.

You can love to write and make it your job in one way or another!

As a conclusion

By writing, you create, you invent, you imagine, you develop your intuition.

You can only develop essential skills in everyday life.

You won't invent your talent in a creative writing workshop, you will make it emerge.

You will settle into your body.

You will free your head from anything that encumbers it.

You will be here and now.

You will make a connection.

You will release emotions written in your body and in your history.

You will reflect on topics.

It might make you want to read more.

We are all potential creators.

Everyone has an imagination. Everyone has their own words and everyone can write.


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