This is an overview of how creative writing is currently taught in Italy and of the reasons why this discipline is struggling to establish itself in public universities. After investigating the relationship between Italian academia and creative arts, I will look at the private nature of these courses in relation to issues of inclusion and diversity; and will highlight some of the pedagogical concerns deriving from having imported the anglophone model. Looking at the wider cultural sector, I will present some reflections on the Italian book industry as a system which prioritises personal connections over literary value, a process often endorsed by creative writing schools. Lastly, I will argue that the introduction of creative writing in Italian academia will benefit both writers and universities by providing a more balanced creative-critical approach not only to writing but also to reading and understanding Italian literature.
"Challenging Conventional Approaches to Teaching Creative Writing in Italy,"
Journal of Creative Writing Studies: Vol. 7:
1, Article 10.
Available at: https://scholarworks.rit.edu/jcws/vol7/iss1/10