Continuing with my Amazing Writer series, is this latest gem published in the Guardian about Hanif Kureishi (Buddah of Suburbia, My Beautiful Laundrette).
“The writing courses, particularly when they have the word ‘creative’ in them, are the new mental hospitals. But the people are very nice.”
The article is interesting, particularly as Kureishi himself teaches writing. He isn’t the first writer to slam writing courses. Flannery O’Connor, when asked if universities stifle the creativity of writers, said, “My opinion is that they don’t stifle enough of them.”
Kureishi’s mental institution comparison in this case is possibly overstated, as everyone knows writers are mad anyway. I mean, one would have to be to put up with all the abuse. Read the rest here.