Creative Writing: Why is it so important?

| July 20, 2019 | 0 Comments
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We have had more and more requests to include creative writing into our regular tuition sessions. So we have designed a stand-alone course that your child can do during the summer holidays. But just why is creative writing so important?

Whilst storytelling for most children starts with their parents telling stories and nursery rhymes from birth, creative writing is in-bedded in children’s education from as soon as they can write. It is common place, in the classroom environment, for a child to have to write about their weekends or holidays. It is a ritual that may not be marked by the teacher as a formal piece of work but it is a starting point in education and great preparation being able to write creatively. Writing helps develop cognitive growth, organisational abilities, and the power to influence others through persuasion. Creative writing therefore strengthens the many areas of the brain which produce these outcomes. Practicing creative writing will lead to children improving in other subjects such as; maths, science, and languages. Challenging themselves to come up with creative thoughts and problem solve, builds the confidence and discipline students need to succeed in all areas of life.

Here are four areas where creative writing will help your child:

Imagination

Most obviously creative writing encourages children to practice and improve using their imaginations. It can help with their ability to come up with different ideas and different ways to approach things. This broadens the thought processes, which can lead to success in many areas, including problem solving and analysis. It really can help your child ‘think outside the box’.

Expression

Children often have difficulty understanding and expressing how they feel. Writing can be a safe place to explore their emotions and this can be a very beneficial tool for expressing their feelings outwardly.

Confidence

Writing gives children more opportunity to assert themselves and their opinions and develop their own voice, views and opinions. These developments help to build a child’s self-confidence in their education, life and relationships.

Communication

A well-written piece of creative writing, whether it be fact or fiction, poetry, or prose, involves a lot of thought, planning, organisation, and use of language to express a point or tell a story. It is great practice to enable them standby their views and be able to persuade someone of their argument intelligently. It is really important to be able to express our thoughts in a creative way and be able to clearly convince someone of a point of view as a general life skill and in public speaking.

Sadly, our culture can diminish creativity as we get older. So encouraging your children to write, be creative, and use their imagination, can build their confidence and allow them to clearly communicate their point of view, their thoughts, and their feelings. Of course, it is also just a lot of fun to be able to tell fascinating stories.

How can Smithbrook Tuition help your child with their Creative Writing?

New for summer 2019 our creative writing course is aimed at all abilities as it is tailored to each individual student. It provides a wonderful opportunity for young writers to develop their writing skills. They will blend their inspirational ideas with character creation,  story-structure and descriptive and literary devices. At the end of the course your child will bring home a short illustrated book.

4 sessions x 80 minutes £112 (childcare vouchers accepted)

Get in touch with us at sue@smithbrooktuition.co.uk or 01483 26 82 82 to make a booking or check out our Summer Holiday Club Courses page for further details.

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