Flannery O’Connor: “…stifled with all deliberate speed…”

“Everywhere I go I’m asked if  I think the universities stifle writers.   My opinion is that they don’t stifle enough of them.   There’s many a best-seller that could have been prevented by a good teacher.  …Now in every writing class you find people who care nothing for writing, because they think they are already writers by virtue of some experience they’ve had….I believe myself that these people should be stifled with all deliberate speed. “

Flannery O’Connor:  The Nature and Aim of Fiction

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