Purpose of the Education
In recent years, the development of creative writing as a discipline in higher education has changed the shape of literature departments in universities across the globe (Morley & Nielsen). The study of creative writing has also changed the development of literary studies through creative reading (‘reading as a writer’) and through practice-led teaching. Creative writing is a re-arrival at a balance in which the practice of writing is placed on an equal platform to its study. An act of criticism can also be an act of creativity, and vice versa.
Creative writing as a discipline has also begun to find its way beyond literature and humanities departments. Creative writing is not an add-on to literary studies, nor are its students schooled solely in the study of novels, plays and poems. Creative writing can be an education in the craft of writing in a larger sense. Writers, at their best, are creativewriters whether they are writing journalism, plays, philosophy, novels, history, poetry or scientific nonfiction. These creative writers are found not only among the teachers of these subjects but also among their students; and not only in the academy but in the world at large (Morley and Neilsen, 2012).
The South Gate Society School of Creative Writing(SGS) was founded in 2014 by LeAnne Kline Christiansen. Over the past four years, the school has distinguished itself from the other creative writing institutions by offering students an inclusive, yet focused, creative writing curriculum based on three aspects: The Art of Writing, Understanding the Field of Creative Writing, and Learning the Art of Business in Creative Writing in all fields of creative writing: Popular Fiction, Literary Studies (literary fiction, poetry, nonfiction), Screenwriting, Playwriting, Children’s Literature and subgenres within these studies.
The purpose is to educate aspiring writers, authors, and artists in the field of creative writing in order to prepare them for the booming creative writing market in the following jobs:
- Writers (novelists, poets, playwriters with a focus on providing content for the burgeoning market for Netflix, HBO, etc. as well as the prospering field of video games)
- Copywriter (online and in-print advertising, creating web content, and marketing)
- Journalist (news and magazine writing)
- Proofreading/Sub-editor (screening copy for errors in the form of spelling, grammar, and factual inaccuracies)
- SEO (Search Engine Optimization)
- Content Marketing Specialist (publishing content for brands to boost their audiences in the form of articles, videos, and infographics)
- Social Media Specialist (engaging audiences on various social media platforms)
- Self-Publication Specialist (being able to collect, lay out, and print on demand books and other materials for organizations).
- Grant Writer (researching databses and writing grant proposals to acquire funding)
- Translator (translating from one language into another)
- Video Game Consultant (rising demand for increasing the quality of narrative in games)
Thereby, the purpose of the education is to provide students with an education at a bachelor’s degree level that guides the students through the process of creating their own projects, platforms, and database of knowledge so that they may become successful entrepreneurs through their art.
The specific subgenre studies provide students with a broader knowledge within the art of creative writing, thus, heightening their chances of joining the writing workforce successfully.
Moreover, SGS’s own connections to various international institutions, companies, artists, and entrepreneurs provide the students with the networking base needed to start their own careers.
Morley, D. and Neilsen, P. (2015). The Cambridge Companion to Creative Writing. Cambridge University Press.