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Bad Writing Makes for Good Documentary

In 2007, poet and documentary filmmaker Vernon Lott dug out some poetry he wrote as a young man, and embarked on an epic journey to ponder the meaning of Bad Writing–eventually shooting a feature-length documentary on the topic. The trailer is embedded above.

The writer took out a loan and opened credit cards in his quest to make this documentary about writing and perseverance. During his journey, Lott conducted interviews with writers that included David Sedaris, Margaret Atwood, George Saunders, and Claire Davis.

Here’s more from the press materials: “Bad Writing follows Vernon as he travels around the country and talks to over twenty figures in the literary world. They read Vernon’s poems, share insight about their own early writing attempts, and offer refreshing perspectives on the practice of creating art.”

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