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Issue Details: First known date: 2010... 2010 A Novel Idea Turns Creative Writing into an Academic Racket
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Lisa Pryor takes issue with the teaching and funding of creative writing in universities. She argues that students who enrol may not realise that 'the greatest contribution they will be making to writing is providing charitable financial support to the writers who teach them'.

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Creative Writing, Cultural Capital and the Labour Market Scott Brook , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Humanities Review , November no. 53 2012;
'Over the last decade several Australian broadsheet newspapers have run numerous articles on the state of literary publishing, providing a rare opportunity for academic debate to enter the public arena. According to the reported commentary of novelists, publishers and academics, it would seem the literary field is caught between two contradictory currents: although the economic viability of Australian literary titles appears under pressure, there is booming demand for university courses in creative writing. This casual linkage has enabled a range of speculations on the possibly 'perverse' market relations between writing programs and the publishing industry. Has consumer demand for Australian literary authors shifted from the bookshop to the arts faculty? A recent quip by Frank Moorhouse would suggest so: 'Now the joke goes that when someone says they're a writer, the next question is, "where do you teach?"' (10).' (Author's introduction)
Unjustly Written Off John Dale , 2010 single work correspondence
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 1 March 2010; (p. 8)

John Dale responds to Lisa Pryor's dismissal of creative courses, saying that she 'displays her ignorance of university writing programs'. Dale asserts that good writing courses 'expose students to a community of scholars working in the discipline of writing', pass on the knowledge of writer-teachers and open students' minds to 'show them the possibilities of writing styles and genres and the wonder of language'.

Unjustly Written Off John Dale , 2010 single work correspondence
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 1 March 2010; (p. 8)

John Dale responds to Lisa Pryor's dismissal of creative courses, saying that she 'displays her ignorance of university writing programs'. Dale asserts that good writing courses 'expose students to a community of scholars working in the discipline of writing', pass on the knowledge of writer-teachers and open students' minds to 'show them the possibilities of writing styles and genres and the wonder of language'.

Creative Writing, Cultural Capital and the Labour Market Scott Brook , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Humanities Review , November no. 53 2012;
'Over the last decade several Australian broadsheet newspapers have run numerous articles on the state of literary publishing, providing a rare opportunity for academic debate to enter the public arena. According to the reported commentary of novelists, publishers and academics, it would seem the literary field is caught between two contradictory currents: although the economic viability of Australian literary titles appears under pressure, there is booming demand for university courses in creative writing. This casual linkage has enabled a range of speculations on the possibly 'perverse' market relations between writing programs and the publishing industry. Has consumer demand for Australian literary authors shifted from the bookshop to the arts faculty? A recent quip by Frank Moorhouse would suggest so: 'Now the joke goes that when someone says they're a writer, the next question is, "where do you teach?"' (10).' (Author's introduction)
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