As a teacher of Creative Writing I often wonder how I am contributing to the aspiring writers in my class. Yes, they enjoy the class and gain value from it … but does it help them?
Peter Carey teaches in the US and wondered the same thing. He now teaches a small cohort with the defined objective of at least half becoming published authors.
I’m also reminded of Margaret Attwood’s dismissive attitude to university Creative Writing programs.
Perhaps Stephen King is right: