Writer, Jeanette Winterson, who also teaches creative writing at Manchester University, was asked to comment on the accusation that all such courses are a waste of time.
Here's what she said:
"My job is not to teach my MA students to write; my job is to explode language in their faces. To show them that writing is both bomb and bomb disposal – a necessary shattering of cliche and assumption, and a powerful defusing of the soul-destroying messages of modern life (that nothing matters, nothing changes, money is everything, etc). Writing is a state of being as well as an act of doing. My job is to alter their relationship with language. The rest is up to them."
I want to enrol in HER class!