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Oct 22, 2013
No one should get an MFA if they have to pay for it…. To me, a writer is someone who writes. The best thing to me is to read eclectically, to go to readings, to have experiences, to live in the world, to mix with all different types of people, to take some chances, and to find some people and start a writing group.
Oct 11, 2013
Jun 11, 2013
Apr 05, 2013
Kio Stark, Don’t Go Back To School
I was really thrilled to read Kio’s book before it came out — if you follow my “you dont have to go to college” tag you know this is a subject near and dear to me. Here’s my blurb from the inside cover:
Not going to graduate school felt like a failure at the time, but wound up being the best choice I ever made. It set me out on a path of self-learning and discovery that led me to work I love, work that would’ve never flown in an academic setting. How I wish I’d had Kio’s book as a guide to help me along the way!
Over and over in the interviews with independent learners, what struck me was the importance of publicly sharing and teaching what you’re learning:
You need to create a feedback loop that confirms your work is worth it and keeps you moving forward. In school this is provided by advancing through the steps of the linear path within an individual class or a set curriculum, as well as from feedback in the form of grades and praise. Outside of school, people I talked to got their sense of competence from many sources. Many reported to me that they often turn around and teach what they’ve learned to others as soon as they’ve learned it. This gives them a sense of mastery and deepens their understanding. When their learning is structured around a specific project, successful completion and functioning of the project proves their progress. Projects can include making a computer program, constructing a book, making a film, writing about an unfamiliar topic, starting a business, or learning a skill. Projects give you a goal for learning skills and abstract information alike, and contribute to gaining a sense of mastery and competence as you complete them.
For me, blogging was basically my graduate school.
You can get the eBook from Kio’s site.
Apr 03, 2013
Mar 31, 2013
» What Writing Programs Ought To Teach You When They Teach You About Writing
- The Unworkshop. “Editors have real jobs and give writers gigs. What does knowing another writer ever get you?”
- Accounting. “This class will be essential because student loan payments never go away, like Nuclear Herpes.”
- Grant Writing. “Even more important than your own writing, which is what it is, is your ability to write in such a way that people will give you money.”
- Charm Classes. “ A little charm goes a long way. “Please” and “thank you.” Not being a complete dick all the time. Flirting a little. Seeming to listen to people. Attempting to be a genuine person in whatever shifty, fake ways you can.”
- Sex Ed. “ No one wants to be fucked for hours. Just wrap yourself around me and give me five good minutes and then a nap.”
- Concentration Class. “This class will teach you that nothing on the internet is really all that important.”
Dec 05, 2012
» “How to Get Startup Ideas” by Paul Graham
The way to get startup ideas is not to try to think of startup ideas. It’s to look for problems, preferably problems you have yourself.
A really great essay that could just as easily be about coming up with ideas for books, music, design, etc. (“Write the book you want to read.”)
Loved this point about not taking too much of a course load in college:
Or don’t take any extra classes, and just build things. It’s no coincidence that Microsoft and Facebook both got started in January. At Harvard that is (or was) Reading Period, when students have no classes to attend because they’re supposed to be studying for finals.
“Live in the future, then build what’s missing.”
Oct 04, 2012
Sep 23, 2012
Jul 20, 2012
My filmmaking education consisted of finding out what filmmakers I liked were watching, then seeing those films. I learned the technical stuff from books and magazines, and with the new technology you can watch entire movies accompanied by audio commentary from the director. You can learn more from John Sturges’ audio track on the ‘Bad Day at Black Rock’ laserdisc than you can in 20 years of film school. Film school is a complete con, because the information is there if you want it.
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