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Creative writing courses once suffered a similar reputation to media studies. But as their alumni start to swell the ranks of the literary elite, this is changing

By Leo Benedictus   January 2011


Ian McEwan: “My writing life has been one long uphill struggle to persuade the world that I didn’t do a creative writing course”

“I had a plain kitchen table,” says Ian McEwan. “A sort of small, pine, deal kitchen table. I laid out some pencils and pens, and a block of blank sheets. It was about seven o’clock in the evening, and I promised myself I would not leave this room, and I would not go to sleep, until I had written a short story.” At five the following morning, “a rather grisly tale” called “Conversation with a Cupboard Man”…

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