The Value of Creative Writing Programs

In the current issue of the NYRB, Diane Johnson reviews Mark McGurl’s The Program Era: Postwar Fiction and the Rise of Creative Writing (the review is available here, though a subscription is required). McGurl’s book has prompted several notable reviews, including ones by Elif Batuman and Charles McGrath.

It’s almost impossible to talk about the role of creative writing MFA and PhD programs without also talking about the value (real or imagined, depending on who’s talking) of those programs. Makes for some interesting discussions.