Take The NYer Poll: Should Creative Writing Be Taught?

June 10, 2009 § 1 Comment

All this fuss about Louis Menand’s New Yorker piece on writing programs has resulted in a poll.  Take it now:

Should Creative Writing Be Taught?

Here’s a quote from Menand’s piece:

Creative-writing programs are designed on the theory that students who have never published a poem can teach other students who have never published a poem how to write a publishable poem. The fruit of the theory is the writing workshop, a combination of ritual scarring and twelve-on-one group therapy where aspiring writers offer their views of the efforts of other aspiring writers.”

§ One Response to Take The NYer Poll: Should Creative Writing Be Taught?

  • Sarah says:

    Where is the teacher in this scenario? Where is the idea that students can learn to be careful and critical readers? Where is the idea that a community of writers can provide the audience that all writers need? Where is the sense that something mysterious happens, a sort of chemical reaction, when a group of aspiring writers come together, a reaction that causes the members of that group to write better and with more energy than they would have in isolation? I believe in the possibilities created when writers come together.

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