I’m doing a series of posts about that MFA vs NYC book, edited by Chad Harbach. Here’s part 1.
In Part 2, I’m responding to the essay “A Mini Manifesto” by George Saunders. The essay in the book is taken from this Faster Times one. Thanks to the Fiction Advocate for finding all the free essays.
George Saunders is a very respected short story writer, perhaps the most respected living short story writer. He’s in a unique position to advocate for the creative writing workshop model–he leads these thins and he basically writes stories that would fit in that model. That’s a place very few get to be in, the state of short story sales being what they are. His essay is numbered in to sections within the book, and this quote from #2 brings up a point worth discussing.
Starting from the stereotype that all creative writing programs are the same, he writes: