Richard Russo On That Last Two Percent. Terrific explanation of what an MFA can do for writers and the importance of writers in community. It seems to me a misconception among beginners is that we are and should be Lone Rangers. Going it alone is damaging (unless, of course, you’re a genius and the writing isn’t as laborious a task as it is for those of us who are less talented and have to really work at it).
And then there’s this: “One of the things that a good writing teacher will do … is help the writer understand who he or she is and what’s coming between that writer and the last two percent.”