HollyDavidson

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    The ever-changing shift of content in Creative Writing Bachelors

    Creative Writing Bachelors have different styles in each university, there is no one universal way to teach and inspire it. So, how do we define what is teachable in Creative Writing? Consider the stable and interchangeable natures of prescribed texts, preferred genres and personal preference in lecturers and tutors.

    • I think all the university can do as far as teaching is light the way with as many materials as budget will allow, given the talent pool of instructors. Then, the student has to decide how deeply he wants to delve into the landscape or how intensely she wants to tap into the faculty and the campus resources. Nonetheless, it will be a writing piece on the main factors affecting the caliber of current programs out there. – lofreire 2 weeks ago
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    • You might also delve into discussions of M.A.s and MFAs (terminal degrees) in creative writing. Are there more or fewer teachable elements for those? And, what's the difference between a degree in creative writing vs. professional writing? I have degrees in the latter, and choose to call them such because of the stigma. As in, "Oh, you studied creative writing. Isn't that cute?" Does that stigma put pressure on professors and students to make creative writing more serious, analytical, and teachable? – Stephanie M. 2 weeks ago
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    • That is a great suggestion, lofreire. I also think the instructors' experience and depth in the creative writing industry affect the scope and length of the student's learning. – HollyDavidson 2 weeks ago
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    • That is a good point, Stephanie M. There is definitely a lot of material to cover about the higher degrees. I also agree that the degree comes with a certain stigma, but I wonder if that is to do with the degree itself, as it is such a popular degree that is without scientific or mathematical academia, or if it is mostly a societal stigma of 'the degree that you sit at home and do nothing with'? – HollyDavidson 2 weeks ago
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    In an age of constant criticism and judgement, it’s difficult to have anything in pop culture or genre that you can watch, enjoy and have fun with. I agree that it has its good moments and its interesting moments. A thoughtful, reasonable article that was a good read. Thank you!

    "The Flash" as the Modern Equivalent of 1960's "Batman"

    Wonderful piece, and it’s very truthful about the Hero’s journey. The Hero in writing and film is what people wish to find in themselves, which is why it works so well.

    Exploring The Hero's Journey: A Writer's Guide

    I feel like Harry is one of those characters that people either enjoy reading or can’t, because everyone can find something to relate to him with. He is normalcy, with extraordinary hidden beneath him that readers strive to uncover. Readers can embody him easier, as they can see themselves through him.
    However, he is flawed, which makes him whole as a character. No-one can relate and fully understand a character that has no flaws.

    Harry Potter: The Remarkably Unremarkable Main Character