Creative Writing SeminarsSeminars for creative writing
Kureishi has explained that creative writing classes are a wasted amount of money and that most of the students are untalented (and as he is teaching on one, he should probably know). The most important reminder of my creative writing studies is to sit in a room without ventilation in the middle of midsummer and listen to the sounds of my writing partner's audio device, while we spent three long hours "shopping" for the opening sections of the students' work.
They were there because they wanted to study. I don't think I want to do anything; all that counts is writing. A lot of patients are "with a single textbook inside", but apparently not many with a really good four-hour open-heart operation.
I have learnt the best things I have learnt outside university: going to Poesie Open Micro Night, letting friends' thoughts bounce off, getting in contact with authors I have adored and asking for advices; read, read more; write, write more. You can easily find this kind of information on-line, or by studying interview and profile in magazines and papers, or simply by asking the authors themselves.
If all this is there, taking part in a creative writing course seems superfluous. I' d often be disappointed if I'd received a handbook of writing hints that I just Googleed, say, or a photocopy of Stephen King's On Writing that I'd already made. One of the main problems for a writing course is this: What if you are reading your teacher's writing and you really don't like it?
What if you're in a group of guys whose writing is unbelievably boring for you? I' ve seen many beautiful folks, many of whom found the course useful and whose work I enjoy, but to become a better author, I really don't think it's really paying so much for something that could be done with a little dedication and will.