To enable young and emerging writers to be fully supported in their writing goals, Professor Bambo Soyinka and collaborators have developed an ethos to explain the thinking and research behind the Dare to Write? Library, and its approach to creative writing.
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CREATIVE WRITING IS UNDER THREAT
It is vital that children have space and time to explore creative writing. With competing pressures and constraints on educators, the time and space for children to write creatively is in serious decline. This is why the Dare to Write? Library is so important.
- Creative writing helps young people find their voice.
- Creative writing is a pleasurable, self-affirming activity.
- Creative writing helps children understand and articulate how they see the world.
- Creative writing has proven therapeutic benefits, increasing well-being and growing confidence.
We believe that creative writing should be:
- Exploratory: Creative writing should be fun, playful, and allow for freedom of expression. Learning about writing should be done in a fluid way, which reflects the needs and interests of the individual. The writer is not a set of criteria and neither is their creative process. The focus should be on the creative exploration of ideas rather than on testing grammar, handwriting and assessment.
- Supported to Flourish: Individuals, groups and organisations who are supportive of this ethos should collaborate at the local level to create communities where writing can flourish. Barriers and unequal access to provision should be identified and removed so as to make writing accessible to all.