Dream writing: a new creative writing technique for secondary schools?

Gillian Smith

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This article examines the use of a new creative writing technique for school children inspired by the Automatic Writing of the Surrealists and the Free Writing of novelists and poets. Set within the discourse of Sir Ken Robinson, the author argues that Dream Writing can free expression, raising morale and standards in creative writing in schools while enabling children to see the originality of their own imaginations on the page. Analysing the results of a year-long trial with Year 7 students, she finds evidence of significant impact on creative writing and a helpful settling exercise for the teacher.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)245-260
Number of pages16
JournalEnglish in Education
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jul 2013


  • Dream Writing
  • creativity
  • Robinson
  • schools
  • original
  • imagination


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