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creative writing n. writing which displays imagination or invention (sometimes differentiated from academic, journalistic, or other forms of writing which are more constrained in style or scope); also freq. (orig. U.S.) as a subject of study.
1837 R. W. Emerson 11 One must be an inventor to read well... There is then creative reading, as well as creative writing.
1889 Sept. 94/1 Does it in truth rest entirely, or even mainly, with the reviewer..to elevate criticism to its rightful place, very near to creative writing itself?
1922 R. C. Holliday & A. Van Rensselaer 100 Then, actually, there is comparatively small demand for creative writing.
1930 19 635 Courses in creative writing.
1958 4 Dec. 164/2 In America..established, or at any rate committed, writers have been absorbed, permanently or temporarily, into the apparatus of creative writing workshops.
1991 23 Sept. 338/1 The school's small rooms were alive with activity—hands-on use of scientific and mathematical materials and lots of creative writing and art work.
Source: Oxford English Dictionary