The Fiction Writers Review has published my essay on the teaching of creative writing: “To Those Poor Souls Who Dwell in Night.” This essay has two aspects: it first reviews Brian Kiteley’s how-to-write book, “The 3 A.M. Epiphany,” and then critiques the entire workshop method of teaching fiction writing.
Boiled to its essentials, my essay says: The 3 A.M. Epiphany attempts to improve the workshop model. But because it carries over some assumptions from that model, it makes those assumptions visible. Once visible, they can be described and critiqued, and a method of teaching that does not rely on those assumptions can be described.
I thought that readers might have some questions about the essay—it packs quite a lot into a relatively short space—so I am going to imagine those questions and answer them here. If you have more questions / objections, please leave a comment. [Read more…] about A critique of The 3 A.M. Epiphany, and Q & A