Times and Seasons Interview

MWS: Doug Thayer
By Russell Arben Fox

“Douglas Thayer is one of the pioneers of what Eugene England called “faithful realism” in his definitive study of Mormon literature. Besides having taught literally thousands of Mormon writers during his fifty years as a professor of English at Brigham Young University, his short story collections Under the Cottonwoods and Mr. Wahlquist in Yellowstone have become a template for those writing about the interior life of Mormons today…

What advice would you give a young LDS author?

Learn your trade well (for it is a trade) and write for everybody. And you don’t need an MFA to be able to write, or to be allowed to write. Get one if you want one, but don’t make the mistake of thinking it’s a necessary certification…”

For the full interview go here: http://timesandseasons.org/index.php/2007/05/mws-doug-thayer/

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