Coming soon to a school near you: CREATIVE WRITING A LEVEL
At last creative writing is recognised as a serious subject, not as a bit of time wasting frippery…
The ability to use language as an effective tool is an important life skill with a vital role to play in the work place and in personal life. It’s not only about making up stories (although hey! that too…), it is also about being able to project, persuade, placate, construct an argument, communicate with sharp economy, condemn and console…although not necessarily all at the same time.
And now students will be able to study it at A level. The AQA exam board says that the new exam will be on offer from autumn 2013 and is designed to create
“bold, confident writers across a range of styles”.
We can’t ever have too many of those, can we?
Only a few weeks ago it seemed that school students were condemned to an English version of the Baccalaureate which placed such little value on creative subjects it could have been inspired by Dickens’ HARD TIMES. Now education minister Michael (Gradgrind) Gove has had to back down.
I only hope that his Roy-of-the-Rovers concept of history will also be reviewed.
He wants ” a proper emphasis on heroes and heroines” apparently…
I think that should be left to the fiction modules in the creative writing A Level. Proper grown up history is a good deal more complex…
Creative writing A-level launches (bbc.co.uk)