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Today’s recommended reading is Will Self’s dispatch from the Ministry of Fiction.

You might’ve thought that such unreconstructed individualists as writers would have found the transition to collective word-farming difficult to take – that some would rebel, or engage in seditious samizdat publication. Not a bit of it! Suffice to say, all those burgeoning creative writing courses in the run-up to the Great Recession had produced a startling uniformity of both style and approach among younger writers: these were creative labourers deeply conditioned to accept the kind of intrusive and critical editing that forms the corporate culture at the Ministry of Fiction.

Also, check out Jenn Ashworth’s ultimate creative writing course.


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