Unsurprisingly, some have written to The Guardian disagreeing with Hanif Kureishi’s jaundiced view of creative writing courses, which was linked to in my post of 7 March.

The Guardian seems to be stirring this pot quite vigorously: here’s another piece from 3 March assessing the value of a creative writing degree.

I think the problem with all this is the way we have slipped into the assumption nowadays that a degree has to be about qualifying you for a job. What happened to the idea that education was a good in and of itself? Doing a degree course used to be “education” and thus good for you, training the mind, enriching your life, and so on. Now it seems it’s pointless if it doesn’t enable you walk into a job paying many thousands of dollars. Obviously needing to repay a large student loan will focus your mind on the desirability of getting a job paying enough to work off the debt — but that’s not the only good thing you’ll get from your university. Clearly lots of people every year think they’ll gain something by doing a creative writing course: the something doesn’t have to be a job, or a publishing contract.