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Creative Writing
(Updated February 2016)

Data on Americans’ involvement in creative writing—defined by the National Endowment for the Arts (the collector of the data presented below) as the writing of stories, poems, or plays—provides a window on a particularly personal form of participation in the humanities.

Findings and Trends

V-4: Percentage of Americans 18 and Older Who Did Creative Writing in the Previous 12 Months, by Age, 1982–2012

* See this indicator’s supporting table for information as to which differences between years and age groups are statistically significant.

Source:National Endowment for the Arts, Survey of Public Participation in the Arts. Data accessed and analyzed via the Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research Data Archive [files used: “1982–2008 (ICPSR 35527)” and “2012 (ICPSR 35168)”].

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