To Teach Or Not to Teach?


The ever-contentious subject of teaching creative writing is up for discussion. You can teach the elements, but there are always the “intangibles that cannot be taught.”  Roxane Gay is inciting a discussion on HTMLGiant, laying some foundation for all of the student/teacher ideas into one mega-blog dialogue delineating the building blocks of creative writing.

Here’s one in-depth response that goes through five major pedagogical areas of the creative writing process–one that lies on the pro-teaching side of the debate, written from the perspective of a seasoned writing teacher. So, if you’re not sure about learning to write creatively, you can at least learn about learning to write creatively here and/or participate in the discussion!

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