Wednesday, 5 September 2012

WRITERS ON WRITING #19: Nelson Algren

I do have the feeling that other writers can't help you with writing.  I've gone to writers' conferences and writers' sessions and writers' clinics, and the more I see of them, the more I'm sure it's the wrong direction.  It isn't the place where you learn to write.  I've always felt strongly that a writer shouldn't be engaged with other writers, or with people who make books, or even with people who read them.  I think the farther away you get from the literary traffic, the closer you are to sources.  I mean, a writer doesn't really live, he observes.

The Art of Fiction #11  [The Paris Review #11, Winter 1955]


Click HERE to read the full NELSON ALGREN interview by ALSTON ANDERSON and TERRY SOUTHERN posted in the online archive of The Paris Review.

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