Hello, I am new to this site. I am getting ready to write a paper about teaching grammar in creative writing classes. So often it seems like creative writing classes are that safe and free space where students let loose. Punctuation and grammar become merely manipulative reminders of a traditional form- a form that the creative writer tends to reject as stiff and limiting. I have to wonder though, how often do students understand grammar and punctuation? Are they merely manipulating a language they mastered or are they throwing commas and apostrophes in places they "think" or "guess" they should go? As someone who is always working to refine my grammar skills I am guessing most students fall into the latter. The question then becomes, should grammar be taught in creative writing classes? Let me know what you think. If it should be taught how do you think it should be taught? Should teachers rely on a drill and kill method, or are there better ways?