In creative writing, I’ve heard the phrase “writing can’t be taught” so many times. But the concurrent rhetorics of “talent” only serve to justify why some writers get published and others don’t. This also undermines any attempts at accountability and “best practices” for teaching creative writing. It places a “failure to succeed” right on the shoulders of the student without providing any real means for teachers to offer socially validated approaches in correction.
Maybe life writing offers a way out of this?