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Can Writing Be Taught—Is That the Right Question?

July 19, 2016 • craft of writing, Fiction

Many writers and writing teachers have posed the question: “Can writing be taught?” Most of us have seen at least part of the debate in which some say it’s useless to try to teach writing to those who aren’t born with a talent for it. Those people are then typically criticized for insulting students who… Read More ›

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TLR Recommends: Nonfiction Book Reviews

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The Courtship of Eva Eldridge: A Story of Bigamy in the Marriage-Mad Fifties Diane Simmons University of Iowa Press, August 2016 ISBN: 978-1609384616 Some of us are perpetually, desperately, in love with letters. We love writing them, getting them in the mail, and we may even still have a box or two of those silly… Read More ›

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“The New Nonfiction” panel, #AWP16: Notes for Attendees

That failed selfie from the panel. Talking Writing's wonderful Jennifer Jean is featured!

Hello, everyone! On April 1, I was part of a super-informative panel hosted by Talking Writing‘s warm, generous Martha Nichols. I promised I’d post some notes about how journalism can inform literary nonfiction. This post is about that. First, a pre-cursory note that somewhat echoes my submission guidelines: Good creative nonfiction requires deep dives that… Read More ›

Poetry »

Why Fiction Writers Should Read Poetry

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I am not a poet. It’s not that I haven’t ever tried to write poetry, but there are fundamental differences between writing good fiction and writing good poetry, and my particular writing skill set seems not attuned to it. Still, I love to read good poetry. I’m often fascinated by the poems I find both… Read More ›

Fiction »

Can Writing Be Taught—Is That the Right Question?

alone_in_a_crowd_by_delph_ambi-d38ozr2

Many writers and writing teachers have posed the question: “Can writing be taught?” Most of us have seen at least part of the debate in which some say it’s useless to try to teach writing to those who aren’t born with a talent for it. Those people are then typically criticized for insulting students who… Read More ›

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