The Case of the Missing Creative Writing Major
/ September 16, 2010

Let’s face it — NYU’s Creative Writing Program has a great  reader series this semester. As you know, Jonathan Safron Foer is reading from Eating Animals on Sept 16th (causing a serious dilemma for all the hipsters out there), and other notable authors, such as Junot Diaz and Darin Strauss, will be reading from their recent books throughout the semester.

All of the above-mentioned powerhouse authors (and Zadie Smith, too) are on staff at NYU, which begs the question: why haven’t we developed a creative writing major at NYU when we have a growing number of genuinely famous, and more importantly, actually talented writers on staff?

When I think of NYU, its Creative Writing Program is never one of the first things that comes to mind. Budding Zadies and JSFs must settle for a mere four – class minor. But if we have the power to summon the big shots and other well-respected writers like Amy Bloom and Nicole Krauss (JSF’s wife), as well as hold master classes and Parisian vacations writing intensives, it seems like we could give writers a full 9 – 10 course option.

So if we can attract modern greats, why not expand the undergrad program? Sure, it might end up turning their beautiful brownstone on West 10th into a mecca for chain-smoking hipsters reciting their own poetry, but I think it’s worth the risk.

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