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Hanif Kureishi's Criticism Of Creative Writing Courses Riles New Authors

Posted at 7:48AM Wednesday 05 Mar 2014

Mr Kureishi told an audience at The Independent Bath Literature Festival that many of his students "just can't tell a story", adding: "It's a difficult thing to do and it's a great skill to have. Can you teach that? I don't think you can."

But Sarah Moss, professor of creative writing at Warwick University, says: "It's a funny thing to say. If you can teach someone to write a sonata you should be able to teach them to write a novel." She adds that she has heard similar sentiments expressed, "but most of us are not so cynical".

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