But writing that's motivated by the desire to give the reader a pleasurable experience really is best.
After I received my degree in 1999, I spent seven years writing work that no one has ever read—two novels and a book's worth of stories totaling about 1,500 final draft pages.
These unread pages are my most important work because they're where I applied what I'd learned from my workshops and the books I read, one sentence at a time.
Being a writer means developing a lifelong intimacy with language.
You have to be crazy about books as a kid to establish the neural architecture required to write one.
recently left a teaching position in a master of fine arts creative-writing program.
I had a handful of students whose work changed my life.
I worked with a number of students writing memoirs.
One of my Real Deal students wrote a memoir that actually made me cry. For the most part, MFA students who choose to write memoirs are narcissists using the genre as therapy.
If you complain about not having time to write, please do us both a favor and drop out.
I went to a low-residency MFA program and, years later, taught at a low-residency MFA program.