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‘A sentence that seems perfect when scribbled down in the middle of the night, can often appear, in the bracing light of day, flat and banal. ‘

Tim Pears explores the double bind that professional authors find themselves in when teaching creative writing, and the unteachable essentials of style and the ‘strangeness’ that reveals the world anew.

Andrew Cowan considers the history of university Creative Writing courses in the UK, their roots in the longer-established English Composition and Creative Writing strands in the US, and the way in which Creative Writing can be vocational even beyond the confines of professional authorship.

‘Every. Unnecessary. Word. There were thousands. I could cross out ‘and’ and use the semi-colon; all the stuff that was there just because I’d spent so long in writing it.’