Friday, April 20, 2012

MFA Greensboro Alum Steve Almond Discusses How Writing Workshops Can Be Therapy

Why Talk Therapy Is on the Wane and Writing Worshops Are on the Rise
     by Steve Almond
Steve Almond1. In Which the Author Reveals a Scandalous Motive for Attending Grad School

When people ask why I became a writer, I tend to emphasize the era, in my mid-20s, when I turned off the television and became a more serious reader. I talk about the sentences of Saul Bellow and Lorrie Moore, how enraptured I was, how I wanted to emulate them. It makes for a nice story.

But it’s not the part of the story that really matters. What really matters, it seems to me now, is that I was bored with my job as a newspaper reporter and depressed. I was living in exile from my family and driving away the people I loved with an astonishing efficiency. What I needed was therapy. As it happened, I applied for a Master of Fine Arts in fiction.

Read the full article here: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/25/magazine/why-talk-therapy-is-on-the-wane-and-writing-workshops-are-on-the-rise.html?_r=1&pagewanted=all

Find out more about the MFA Writing Program here:http://mfagreensboro.org


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