Monthly Archives: November 2010

Anatomy of a Creative Writing MA, Part 2

My first brush with postmodernism, in the mid eighties at art school, scarred me; scared me off further tertiary studies. How could any commentary redeem mediocre technique? Didn’t making art require hand–eye coordination? These conceptual artists invested more craft in … Continue reading

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Incarnations of God in the Aquarian Age

What does it mean to be out of step with the zeitgeist? While not a subscriber to any religion, I value stillness and silence. And, in today’s bipolar climate of networking and TMI*, too much contemplation = social suicide. It … Continue reading

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From the Sublime to the Ridiculous: the minefield of peer criticism

(Readers please note: For the purpose of this exploration, ‘reader’ should be taken to refer to a more or less literate human being, not a technological device.) For the last four years, I’ve been conducting a psychological study. It began … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a Creative Writing MA, Part 1

Can creative writing be taught? This question gets asked regularly. The answer depends on what you’re selling. Yet it’s a valid response to the booming profusion, here in Oz, of how-to books, workshops, courses, degrees, writers’ festivals etc. If I … Continue reading

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