Four Chord Fiction: A Better Understanding of the Genre Born from Workshop Clichés

I finally came up with handy name and metaphor for the genre of fiction MFA programs and creative writing workshops seem to produce: Four Chord Fiction. You see, it’s like formulaic pop music where the musician plugs in a few unique elements into a set structure and out of the other end of the machineContinue reading “Four Chord Fiction: A Better Understanding of the Genre Born from Workshop Clichés”

Tips for the Moral Teaching of Creative Writing, part 2: The Mini-Movement

If the first, most important thing to do in teaching creative writing is to establish essential principles upon which work is to be assessed and guide young writers to find their own principles of assessment to judge their own work and likewise judge the judgment of others, etc. (hence the Mogan of Primary Values IContinue reading “Tips for the Moral Teaching of Creative Writing, part 2: The Mini-Movement”

Tips for the Moral Teaching of Creative Writing, Part 1: The Mogan of Primary Values

I’ve been discussing what’s most problematic about the present philosophy and technique of teaching creative writing, and I could probably write a hundred more posts on this subject, but upon request I’ll speak in the positive: how to teach creative writing – despite the problems, despite the inherent impossibility, despite it being primarily a matterContinue reading “Tips for the Moral Teaching of Creative Writing, Part 1: The Mogan of Primary Values”