The Pathology of “they can’t write”

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…

“Prepatory” writing and expression

Sarah Allen writes that “the academy has become obsessed with argument…other forms of writing have been demoted to ‘preparatory’ work – their unique strengths diminished in the face of the rigors of argument” (3). ¬†She feels that students have been inculcated into a culture of argument that has some pretty twisted effects, though it’s unclear…