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How should a good creative writing programme work?
It was eighteen month ago that I was commissioned to develop a creative writing programme for Ringling College of Art + design, where I have been a teacher for eight years. With this new diploma it made good business sense to have it - from films to illustrations, computer animations and graphics designs, the history is at the centre of all the school's activities.
How should a good creative writing programme work? Having studied all the creative writing programs in existence (both college and university students) and done some self-reflection in the Swamistyle - plus Facebook-asking vast amounts of creative typists and recently graduating college graduates - here's what I think is it. "Writing is like a lonely sports.
He or she can build strong competitors, deep comradeship, and life-long relationships. What if you write your first check? Yeah, that's not how you're gonna get James Patterson as a tutor, but frankly - do you really want James Patterson as a tutor? I' d rather have a great mid-list writer who takes a true inventory of my writing and my work.
Somebody who recalls the darts and darts of the impudent night-time writing sittings. Fellowship + Monitors + Structure= Find out the trade of writing much earlier than you would do it alone. With no creative writing BA, BFA, MA, MFA or PhD after your name, you probably won't get a second look because the keen child with one of those grades of Vassar (who will likely intern there last summer) already got the job. Sure.
A HR individual is far less likely to loose his or her job if an academic accredited individual does not work out than if he or she is taking an aviator on a writer who never got any kind of higher learning grade. Matt Damon's nature in Good Will Hunting tells Harvard snobs that "you spent $150,000 on an apprenticeship that you could have gotten for $1.50 in the community archive.
" And if you are the kind of individual who is good at self-study and has the determination and energy to teach yourself, God is blessing you because you are something extraordinary and one-of-a-kind and you may not need a creative script. Perhaps Zeit + The Writer + YouTube + a barrel of read + practise, practise, practise = a great writing meteor.
And if not, try a creative writing finish. Over 550 collegiate and academic creative writing programs exist. These are the three decisive things I tell every budding creative schoolboy. Look at the school. Don't just go to a certain place because of the program's call. This is important, but what is just as important (maybe more) is the school.
Do you want to write like one or more of them? Are they getting writing and publication work? Do you have a celebrity website "Grads Done Good" that offers a lot of literary work that you would have liked to do yourself? This is a true token of a true caution ( "or, to be honest, a token of a super-new program").
He is a Florida-based writing instructor and writer of 20 novels, most recently Memoir Writing for Dummies and The Weekend Book Proposal. Subscribe to our free newsletters to get FREE items, publication hints, writing hints and more that will be sent to your mailbox once a week. Get them all for free.