I'm going to dig through this more. But from the comments, this struck me as interesting:
"Outsiders are who move culture in new ways. Also, the explosive growth of CW with it's emphasis on biography brings people who are not necessarily writers, to work out their traumas and often the story never ends. CW programs create false hope for many. I suffered as a poverty-stricken adjunct prof for 20 years hoping that the" never give up" idea would finally pay off. It never did.Often I am more interested in the comments than the article itself. I go to the comments first, then go back and read. The comments inform my opinion. Trying not to do this but it's a deep influence on anything we read online. I almost have more respect/irritation at any article that turns off comments. . .
That's my problem; my writing was either too weird or no good or too full of personal trauma that I tried to disguise in magical realism as best I could. When I was applying to CW programs, I was driving a school bus, and there was another guy, about my age, who thought of himself as a writer.
He didn't want anything to do with CE programs and thought I was a fool for buying into it and he just pumped out writing. Don't know what happened to him He never made it either, never saw his name anywhere, but he, I think, had more of a chance because he was being authentic."