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In defence of creative writing schools

The growth of writing schools can help aspiring authors learn a craft, and established ones earn a living

By Sameer Rahim  
Lena Dunham in Girls from the Iowa Writers Workshop (© HBO/Craig Blankenhorn)

Lena Dunham in Girls from the Iowa Writers Workshop (© HBO/Craig Blankenhorn)

Creative writing is one of the few growth areas in the humanities. Thirty years ago, such courses were rare, with the famous exception of Malcolm Bradbury’s University of East Anglia programme that helped Kazuo Ishiguro, among others. Now more than 100 universities offer them as well as publishers (Faber), literary agencies (Curtis Brown), newspapers (The Guardian) and independent organisations (Arvon) to mention only some. Even as…

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