How to Become a Writer (or Not)

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8 June 2009

I’ve posted a new short memoir, “How to Become a Writer,” on my Stories & Essays page — written, in part, in response to Louis Menand’s New Yorker article on creative writing programs.  How does one become a writer? is the question that seems to have been launched into the literary discussion by this article.  I felt I had something to say about that.  

I suspect I will always have more to say about it, especially since I believe that the writer’s life is a vocation, not merely a trade — that to be a writer is a way of living, as much as it is a skill and a profession.  I also believe that the writer’s life requires much, and that this aspect of being a writer is often forgotten or downplayed, in favor of writerly glamor and celebrity (best-seller mania, movie deals, etc).

The memoir form is new for me; your feedback, as always, welcome.

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