During one of my groups we asked the questions: what is creative writing? And what is it not?
We had been reading Kama Kamanda's poem The Poet's Poem for inspiration. It begins:
"Words gush out of his wrung soul's roots,
and wrap life's to a stranger's pains."
(from the song atlas edited by John Gallas, Carcanet, 2002).
I wrote, "Creative writing is one stranger talking to another in the search of this truth thing through word sounds and rhythm without rhyme or reason."
When turning to what creative writing is not, one my students said, it is not for the faint hearted.