: A Creative Writing Community
Two wonderful parts of this excerpt:"students...avid to join a profession that practically guarantees them rejection, poverty, and failure." So, here's to our unconscious protest against the age. I think he's onto something indeed.
I really enjoyed reading this, partially because I teach and I often feel the way this professor does about my students. The way he writes... I can tell he believes in them so much, each in their own way. Not that any or all of them will go on to write best-selling novels, but they will all go on to do something, and he wants to help them do it better. That's how I feel, and why I think I'll end up teaching writing as well as writing writing. Personally, I'm much more interested in the craft of teaching and sustaining a writing community than picking apart the notion of what constitutes "literature" or where it's "headed." I like this guy's notion of stories: we tell them. We have to. We do or we don't. For my own process, I function best not thinking too much into it. Not to pick on this wonderful blog or any of its contributors, but sometimes I choose not to read it because it can generate frenzies of angst/circular debates that often belabor the act of writing: that is, just doing it. Do it!!!!!But overall, I DO appreciate the community :) Gotta take the good with the bad.
I loved reading this. Thanks for sharing!
Glad you liked it!
@ michiganwriterI grew up in Dearborn Heights and went to UM for undergrad. Are you a MIgander?
I enjoyed this quite a bit, but lots of my colleagues in my M.A. program would probably take issue with this: "While programs in English literature have withered in the last 25 years, because of a useless competition of various critical approaches, and also probably an exhaustion of the material, writing programs have burgeoned."
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