I'll preface this by saying that my dh is a fiction writer, and my background is in poetry.
No, creative writing is not important for all, or even most, students.
I'd argue the ability to appreciate literature is of more cultural importance than the ability to write a short story.
What is important is that all students learn how to communicate in written form, clearly, coherently, concisely, and with complexity (where required). Some students will find that creative writing offers them a pleasant practice in the above.
One cannot simply make all students excellent creative writers. It's a talent, like all others. A few students will have that talent, many will churn out competent works of fiction, most will struggle to produce original writing.
I am entirely comfortable not requiring creative writing from my children. Two wrote it anyway; one would rather curl up and die. There is no reason this strong distaste for creative writing will disable his communication skills otherwise.
Edited by Sadie, 13 December 2017 - 01:35 AM.