Claire Zulkey interviews T. T. Coraghessan Boyle:
What did you learn at the Iowa Writerâ€™s Workshop that made you the writer you are today? Or was it nothing, were you always the writer you are today?
The Writers’ Workshop gave me the time to become a writer (and a scholar: I worked simultaneously in the English Department on my Ph.D. in Nineteenth Century British). I learned to spend less time at Gabe & Walker’s Bar and more time at my typewriter. I learned the fanaticism of art. I learned how to see cornfields as nature. I learned that all writers are madman and madwomen and to be strenuously avoided at all cost.
What surprised me most is that Boyle posts on his website’s message boards.