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What 20 years of teaching creative writing have taught me about confined living

Or: Wednesdays, at a writers’ retreat

By Miranda France  

`Photo: Fabian Sommer/DPA/PA Images

The first time I taught a residential creative writing course—perhaps the original self-isolation project—my co-tutor gave me some advice. “On Wednesday, someone always leaves. Don’t worry about it. They decide they’ve had enough or they should never have come. Or their case worker advises them to leave.”

“Their case worker?”

“Some of them come as part of their therapy.”

On that unnerving note, we embarked on what turned out to be an enjoyable week teaching a friendly group, one of whose member did, in fact,…

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