Well, the voters have not exactly turned out in force - but my thanks to those of you who added your pennyworth to my Creative Writing poll.
The final results were as follows:
Votes cast: 9
1 Yes, of course.
0 No, never.
7 The craft of writing can be taught (but not the art).
1 I'll sit on the fence!
Our Creative Writing jury for the blogosphere is still out!
It would be misleading to draw conclusions from so small a field of voters, but this poll does at least prove that bloggers are not entirely of one mind. This itself is probably a healthy thing. As bloggers, do we value debate? Perhaps we generally blog to let off steam or for promotion purposes; and perhaps we turn to the blogs of others as a means of relaxation or community activity - or, in some instances, as a kind of education. You may disagree. Perhaps you disagree strongly!
You may be interested to read about Malcolm Bradbury, the founder - with Angus Wilson - of UK university courses in Creative Writing. You may also like to look at the following links:
- The history of the pioneer UEA Creative Writing course
- Malcolm Bradbury on the Absolute Astronomy site
- Sir Malcolm Bradbury: Guardian obituary, 28 Nov 2000
- Sir Angus Wilson
- Creative Writing at Warwick - and Professor David Morley's blog
Long live good courses that offer an entry into the writing world by helping with matters of craft and technique - and by encouraging students to develop ideas in the context of their chosen areas of creativity. If the students are afforded the privilege of networking opportunities along the way, well, that - for them at least - is surely a bonus.