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The Fiction Machine

Thursday December 08th 2005, 2:35 pm

THE FICTION MACHINE - The Workshop and the hacks.

Let us briefly recapitulate. Large, impersonal, ever-shuffling workshops are led by writers of, on average, mediocre ability who throw only part of their energy into helping their students. The result of all this is as predictable as it was inevitable: Writing is taught by rote. Limited in time and care and needing to satisfy at once a wide range of very different would-be writers, professors must rely on the crutches of formula.

This means rules and doctrine.


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