My brief essay on the teaching of creative writing has been published by the Fiction Writers Review. Although the essay is small, it is feisty, attempting first to diagnose a problem afflicting creative writing classrooms everywhere, and then to sketch a solution. Speaking of the field’s newness, the essay comments:
Such a limited state of knowledge should lead to humility, and openness to new ideas. I always feel peculiar when teachers attack their peers’ techniques, outlooks, and rubrics, either on panels or in print. How can we already know what doesn’t work? We have barely invented leeches.
Of all the aspects of creative writing pedagogy, the only ones that deserve attack are the ones that seem to be blocking the field’s development, the articles of faith that underpin what we do now, and prevent us from doing something more effective.
Here it is:
If you like it, I have a post on the same subject coming out tomorrow, on lit blog HTML Giant, which should complement and develop the argument.