I am reading this interesting article about the virtual absence of creative writing programs in the education system in France. It’s making me wish that someone had offered me some hand-holding way back then and taught me how to harness and herd my natural talent into a rewarding writing career.
Here’s a chunk of the article MFA vs. Saint Germain des Près
There’s obviously the enduring resistance against the idea that writing can be taught. This is nothing new, and it’s rooted in the construction of the writer as one driven by natural talent, intuition, divine inspiration, what have you. France, however, is the country of the philosopher who famously wrote that one wasn’t born a woman, but became one. Can’t the same thing be said of the writer?