The Parable of the Rich Young Man and the Creative Writing Tutor

And when he had gone forth into the way, there came one running, a rich young student, and kneeled to him, and asked him, ‘Good teacher, what shall I do that I may a get a better mark?’ And the creative writing tutor said unto him, ‘Why callest thou me good? That’s not what you put on your anonymous feedback questionnaire. You know what you have been taught: think long and hard about character, plot and setting; seek feedback and advice; and be meticulous in your rewriting.’

‘But that’s just advice on how to write better,’ said the student, ‘and I want to know how to get a higher mark.’ Then the tutor said unto him, ‘There is only think you lack: go your way and write better work, for as your work is, so shall your mark be also.’

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