Monday, January 07, 2008
Teaching Skill, Not Talent
"...when it comes to teaching creative writing, good intentions are nothing but paving material for the route to dull-prose hell." Nathan Whitlock adds to the debate over whether creative writing classes are a good thing, in his review of Penguin Canada's Writer's Gym, yet another one of those books aimed at Those Who Want To Write. (Those of you who are suckers for such books may find this recent report interesting: How do you organize and structure the narrative path of the work you wish to write?)
"The aura of a book I have yet to read, with its promise of rapture, surprise and edification, might be even more powerful than the aura of a book I have read, enjoyed and duly forgotten." A book editor's honest new year resolutions.