In an article for the Christian Science Monitor, alumnus Robert A. Lehrman reports on the 75th anniversary celebration of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, America’s first and arguably most prestigious graduate program in creative-writing. Lehrman also interviews people on the future of writing, in a world where allegedly only forty-two percent of college graduates will read another book, cover to cover, after receiving their diplomas.
Does writing still matter? And do MFA programs like the University of Iowa’s create “cookie-cutter” literature? Lehrman’s article seems to reply, respectively, “Probably, at least to writers” and “No.” But what do you think?
Did you know there’s an online literary journal called MFA/MFYou, that juxtaposes the work of MFAs with non-MFAs? I don’t think they’re trying to resolve a great debate, but it’s an interesting approach to publishing.