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Keeping it real for the sake of my career: An exploration of teaching creative writing in the broader Afrikaans literary system (1995–2012)

Leti Kleyn
Literator | Vol 34, No 2 | a416 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/lit.v34i2.416 | © 2013 Leti Kleyn | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 17 January 2013 | Published: 11 October 2013

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Leti Kleyn, Department of Information Science, University of Pretoria, South Africa


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Abstract

This article focuses on the impact which training for creative writers has had in the wider Afrikaans literary system during the period 1995–2012 with specific reference to creative writing as postgraduate qualification. Development of the subject on tertiary level and the role of mentorship in the development of creative writing talent are examined. Furthermore, the investigation covers the number of solo book publications to date by people who followed courses in creative writing, how training in writing affects packaging, as well as the reception and awarding of literary prizes. Lastly, the teaching of creative writing within the literary system (both positively and negatively) is taken into consideration.

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