Why Is Creative Writing Important? | FAQs

2 minutes   |  CAREER ADVICE, WRITING

Are you wondering why creative writing is important?

If you’re a creative writer yourself you’ll know that the answer goes far beyond an audience’s entertainment or a feature writer’s next pay check.

In this short video, Andre Wiesner, Head Tutor of the University of Cape Town Feature Writing online short course, explains the deeper purpose behind creative writing and points out that the question “Why is feature writing important?” is far more complex than it sounds.


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Transcription

Is creative writing important? That’s a very difficult question to answer because it’s so huge. You could just as well be asking: Why is literature important – or art, or at an even higher level, culture? There have been, and will be, an innumerable, an infinite, range of views on these questions. But, for laughs, here’s one considered philosophical answer: creative writing is important because it gives you something to do – and, hey, it’s a lot of fun. It’s fun to read, and, often, in an anguished, agonised kind of way, it’s fun to do. Man – or woman, for that matter – can’t live on bread alone. Creative writing offers pleasure of a many-hued kind. It speaks to our more soulful needs – our deeper, higher, even nocturnal needs. It’s a kind of ecstasy, ultimately.