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Try it risk-free Also known as 'the art of making things up,' creative writing is a vital part of modern society.
This lesson will explore what makes writing creative and use famous examples to show you what makes creative writing successful. Traditionally referred to as literature, creative writing is an art of sorts - the art of making things up.
Each year, thanks to the endowment of the Sophie Kerr Fund and the Rose O’Neill Literary House, the College brings to campus a succession of distinguished writers, editors, and literary scholars.
Billy Collins, Junot Díaz, Nick Flynn, Jonathan Franzen, Neil Gaiman, Lauren Groff, Ted Kooser, Li-Young Lee, Colum Mc Cann, Azar Nafisi, Maggie Nelson, Joyce Carol Oates, Claudia Rankine, Jane Smiley, Natasha Trethewey, Colson Whitehead, and Jacqueline Woodson are just some of the writers and literary scholars who have come to campus in the last decade to teach, lecture, and conduct writing workshops.
The Sophie Kerr fund also supports the justly famous Sophie Kerr Prize (at $63,912 in 2019, the largest undergraduate literary prize in the country), as well as student scholarships, library collection development, and professional development for English Department faculty.
The Literary House supervises about 50 learning opportunities and internships for students, as well as provides a space where students can explore the letterpress and bookmaking in the print studio.
Memoirs and personal essays, for example, can be written creatively to inform your readers about your life in an expressive way.
Because these types are written in first person, it's easier for them to be creative.
In poetry and songs, literary devices, like similes and metaphors, can be used to take the readers to surprising places.
A good example of this is the opening of the poem 'A Life' by Sylvia Plath: 'Touch it: it won't shrink like an eyeball, This egg-shaped bailiwick, clear as a tear.