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Can Creativity Be Taught? 

Can Creativity Be Taught?
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Can Creativity Be Taught?
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Nellie Hermann

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199360192.003.0011
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date: 22 January 2022

This chapter is a practical manual for teaching writing in unusual places. Reflective and creative writing have become widespread in healthcare settings, yet little is known about how to effectively structure writing experiences, how to respond to creative writing, and how to assess the dividends of writing practices. Written by a novelist on a medical school faculty, the chapter shows how to encourage writing in healthcare and how readers can guide writers toward the discovery potential of writing. “A Reader’s Guide for Reflective Writing” is provided to give guidance to those new to the task of reading and commenting on students’ creative writing. The chapter also provides guidelines for structuring writing seminars, choosing texts to study, and crafting the writing prompts that invite participants to write. Through extensive quotation and close reading of students’ writing, the chapter leads readers toward creative insight into the creativity of others.

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