I’m pleased to announce that the AWS mission is getting
more specialized this year. The lesson library is taking a new
direction, embracing a new ethos. Lessons about fiction craft
topics such as point of view and character will be phased out.
New lesson content will take on a new focus, and that is instruct-
ion and guidance around:
+ the fiction writer having a compassionate, humanitarian regard
for their characters
+ the disarmament of literary art in “the cultural wars”
+ fostering the evolution of literary art out of its old modes
If literature could heal the world, it would have done so by now,
with 8 million self-published titles a year. We need works that
depolarize and work to break our addiction to narratives that further
entrench us in our bubble-formed beliefs.
In short, the lesson library will be doubling down on the AWS
concept. We’ll use its central premise, that I am campaigning
to get Aspiring Writer Syndrome into the DSM, as a model for
fictional art itself. This playful falsehood gives writers a lens into
into their motives for writing, and illuminates a path out of
self-aggrandizement and the perpetuation of our comfortable
points of view.