The latest research shows that free creative writing classes can be useful in boosting your creative thinking skills and reducing the risk of developing self-injury.
The results of a recent study released by the University of North Carolina School of Medicine found that free online creative writing workshops are among the best ways to improve creativity, as they are “not necessarily a substitute for a paid professional workshop.”
“Creative writing is an important tool to help students gain creative insight and creativity,” said Dr. William L. Wimmer, M.D., the study’s lead author.
“However, these classes can help students understand the importance of learning from other perspectives, and this can help them reduce their risk of self-harm.”
The study surveyed more than 2,500 students, ages 12 and up, at 10 community colleges in the Carolinas.
Students were asked to complete a list of 20 creative writing assignments.
“After completing each assignment, students were asked about how they would like to be evaluated in the future,” Wimmer said.
“This information helped them to determine the level of creative thinking and self-awareness needed for future creative writing activities.
These results suggest that free workshops provide a promising strategy for reducing self-inflicted injuries.”
The research also found that students who took creative writing class saw a significant reduction in self-harming behavior, including attempts to commit suicide.
According to the researchers, creative writing exercises can be beneficial for those with depression, anxiety, or bipolar disorder, as well as for those who are at high risk of suicidal ideation.
“There are many people who feel depressed and anxious, and a free creative work can help to alleviate these feelings,” Wimmers said.
“Creative work can also be a useful tool for people with a range of mental health challenges, such as depression, bipolar disorder and anxiety,” he added.
“These strategies can help people with these conditions improve their creative thinking, as their mental health has improved significantly.”
The survey also found the results of the study were similar to those found in previous studies.
“Our study found that creative writing lessons can help those with mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression and bipolar disorder improve their creativity,” Winter said.
“Our results also indicate that the training offered in creative writing can help improve creative thinking.”
The research was published online in the journal Clinical Psychology: Clinical & Experimental Research.
The research was supported by the National Institutes of Health.