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Friday, January 14, 2022

Rip-Off Writing Class

When Katherine Anne Porter taught creative writing at the University of Virginia, her method was to sit the student writer down and read his story to him aloud. That's all there was to it, or so I've heard tell. I've also heard tell that one student, before his story was half read, broke down and ran out of class. [I would have been right behind him, all the way to the registrar's office to get my tuition back.]

John Casey in The Writing Life, 1995 


  1. My high school Creative Writing teacher did that too... the difference was that she read our work in front of the class, then we all gave our opinions and critiques. It was pretty brutal at times!