Can Writing Be Taught? | Elizabeth Percer
Writer's Log, October 18th: Can writing be taught? Anyone who's ever spent time studying the craft of writing ends up running into this question, usually in a dark academic alleyway haunted by cranky grammarians and people who believe poetry has to rhyme. It's an interesting question, to be sure, but in all honesty, I'm not sure if it's all that relevant anymore. A question I find far more interesting is: How is writing learned? We have all had great teachers and teachers who shall not be named. But where writing is concerned, I'm not sure the teacher matters half as much as the student. In fact, once the basics of grammar and syntax have been mastered, the writer needs to become her own best teacher in order to really grow. And while these basics absolutely must be learned, they are not hard to come by (preposition police, please note the new normal). Sure, they can be incredibly boring, but once you unpack them, the written world is your oyster. Think of it as a few miserable months