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Ian McEwan and Fay Weldon on creative writing courses

Mark Lawson reports on whether teaching creative writing has led to a better class of fiction, with novelists including Ian McEwan and Fay Weldon.

The Creative Writing course at the University of East Anglia turns 40 this year and boasts an array of famous alumni, including Ian McEwan and Naomi Alderman. Mark Lawson examines the history of creative writing teaching, and speaks to writers including Ian McEwan, Fay Weldon, Richard Ford, Chang-rae Lee, Tobias Hill and Joyce Carol Oates about some of the controversies surrounding these courses.

Producer Georgia Mann.

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