Home Forums Short fiction and education How has the rise of Creative Writing programmes influenced the short story?

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      Aleix Tura Vecino

      In his landmark study The Program Era Mark McGurl compellingly argues that the rise of Creative Writing programmes in the US has been the most important agent shaping American fiction from 1945 until now. McGurl also notices that the short story lies at the heart of Creative Writing programmes. Whilst much seems to have been written about the special amenability of short fiction to teaching regimes, it is less common to find accounts looking at this issue from the opposite perspective. How do you think that the short story’s involvement in teaching regimes, and Creative Writing programmes in particular, has shaped the genre both in its form and its function in recent years?

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