There’s a certain element in the creative writing community which reflects badly on creative writing by spurning authors from their great imagined literary eyrie by claiming related provenance they simply do not have.
This is not the honest-to-God, straight-up writers who want to provide beginners and other amateur writers like themselves with a platform from which to show their burgeoning talents. No, they are to be encouraged, because they can write themselves.
This is not the workshop sites who help writers hone their skills by review and advice – and avoiding the arbitrary back-patting so prevalent in those making up much of the queues to the X Factor auditions. No, because they simply want writers to make the most of themselves and have nothing to gain except gratitude and the pride in seeing their chicks leave the nest.
It’s the “professional team of editors” and/or those offering allegedly “approved” courses – who really haven’t a clue what makes up a short story and wouldn’t recognize one in a fit – who are the problem: those demanding novel-level backstory from flash pieces; those who denigrate a submission for the lack of something which is already included in the story – but they are too dim to recognize, yet project this failure on the authors.
I worry that saboteurs like this might dissuade less thick-skinned, and deny the literary world their gifts.
Anybody recognize anything here?