William Stryon’s “SOPHIE’S CHOICE” blew my mind decades ago…he was one writer who inspired me to want to write seriously. Here is his take on Creative Writing…I agree with Styron. It’s easy enough to see whether someone has the potential for great music/writing/sculpture whatever. Culling these folks out of the mainstream and helping them evolve into their best is what a good teacher should be doing — because that person who is not a terrific writer could well be a terrific something else. And setting them free of false expectations is a good thing. Thanks for a great post, 101 Books, and those who read this post, would LOVE to hear your views on the subject.
A while back, I wrote a piece about why the Creative Writing MFA isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be in securing one’s future as a writer.
As a writer without one, I’ve done fine with just an English degree. But some writers swear by the Creative Writing MFA.
So as I was looking over a Paris Review interview with William Styron, these two questions piqued my interest:
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