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Creative Writing Students

'Fifty Shades of Grey' Is a Laff Riot

Lev Raphael | Posted 03.01.2015 | Comedy
Lev Raphael

E.L. James writes badly enough to teach young writers a lot. Her novel is filled with negative lessons, especially when it comes to her prose. And it's just hilarious. Here are five of my favorite funny bad lines.

The Geek's Guide to the Writing Life: Do You Have 'What it Takes?'

Stephanie Vanderslice | Posted 09.15.2012 | Books
Stephanie Vanderslice

It happens at least once a semester. A student writes me an impassioned note begging me to tell her whether or not she has what it takes to be a writer, imploring me to "stop her right now," if she doesn't.

Should Mamas Let Their Babies Grow up to Study Writing? Setting the Record Straight on What Writing Students Do, Part 2

Stephanie Vanderslice | Posted 07.11.2012 | Books
Stephanie Vanderslice

You'll find students who think the course is an easy "A." This group is usually disappointed; creative writing courses are much more work than they anticipate.