Former Warren Wilson MFA Program Director Peter Turchi talks about writing advice with alumni Jeremy L.C. Jones (fiction, 2001):

What is the worst piece of writing advice you’ve ever received?

Turchi:   ”Give up,” followed closely by “pick one kind of writing.” The woman who ran the graduate program I attended was a font of terrible advice (many other people there were quite helpful). I didn’t know that her suggestion that I pick one genre (at the time I was a journalist, was working to write fiction, had written poems and a play, and had just started my first screenplay) was bad advice in general, but I knew it made no sense for me, as I enjoyed–and still enjoy–all kinds of writing...[Keep Reading]…

Pete is the author of Maps of the Imagination: The Writer as Cartographer (Trinity Press, 2007).

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