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(Re)Writing Craft by Tim Mayers
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Jun 22, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: creative-writing-studies
Read in June, 2012

Sometimes you go through a book feeling like that author's patsy. "Yes," you write in the margin. ":)," "you sing it, brother!" all the way through and you wonder if you aren't being entirely taken advantage of. Maybe you aren't as smart, or critical as you thought you were. Thank heavens for sudden drop-offs. While I kept buying in 100% to Mayers' argument about how creative writing and composition need to team up against/for-the-sake-of interpretation-heavy literary studies in English, the last chapter, about applications of this philosophy to actual classes, hiring practices and department course listings flew wildly off track into the land of fantasy. Rather than a marriage of AWP and CCCCs, it is far more likely tht "a new writing centered professional organization"(165) will emerge, not as a precursor, but as an alternative solution. Still, this book makes a bold, intriging claim in restructuring English away from interpretation-only focus, and acknowledging that maybe "cash English" (mandatory composition classes and popular creative writing classes) shouldn't be stigmatized or stunted. An extremely thorough summary of the other works within the emerging creative writing studies world, and the origin of the term "craft criticism" as the sort of scholarly work that process-focused creative writers can do.

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