At some point every semester, students ask about creative writing. They ask if we will get to do any.
And I have to tell them no, that poetry and fiction and dramatic literature are not part of the SLOs, the Student Learning Objectives, for the writing classes I teach.
But there are few, if any, creative writing classes offered. In fact, there are few, if any, creative classes of any kind offered any more.
Tonight a student asked the question. And I said no. He pointed out the video posted on this blog and the argument it makes for creativity.
There’s no budget for those classes any more.
Not enough people think the arts are necessary, important.
I hope you watch Sandra Hunter’s video on the topic of these budget cuts to the arts.
PS She teaches writing at Moorpark College. She’s a poet and she writes plays.