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Heidi52

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Re: Can writing be taught? Are writing courses, classes, etc, worthwhile?
« Reply #30 on: January 30, 2018, 01:05:57 PM »
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was written in Swedish, so unless you read it in it's original language, it's hardly fair to judge a writer on what his work got translated into.

Better to blame the translator(s) depending on the version you read. And there was plenty of criticism of both the Amercian English version and the British English version.

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Re: Can writing be taught? Are writing courses, classes, etc, worthwhile?
« Reply #31 on: February 06, 2018, 09:43:12 AM »
I'm reading, and enjoying, The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock, by Imogen Hermes Gowar.  The book seems to have been well received and has stirred up a fair bit of interest.

As it's her first novel, and I knew nothing about her, I did a bit of googling and found something pertinent to Gyppo's original question. The book started life as Imogen's dissertation for an MA in Create Writing at UEA.

Of course she may have been a brilliant writer before embarking on the MA and only decided to do the course for the thrill of studying in Norwich.

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Re: Can writing be taught? Are writing courses, classes, etc, worthwhile?
« Reply #32 on: February 06, 2018, 03:11:25 PM »
I often get the freebies that new writers put out. I find I learn a lot more about writing when I see things done wrong than when I read excellent literature without any problems.

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« Reply #33 on: February 06, 2018, 04:19:58 PM »
When it's done well you get caught up in the story and don't find yourself looking for technique.  That's where the saying 'Good writing is invisible' comes from.

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Re: Can writing be taught? Are writing courses, classes, etc, worthwhile?
« Reply #34 on: February 11, 2018, 12:51:35 AM »
   Can writing be taught?

   After several years teaching 'Creative Writing' classes for the WEA I have come to a very definite answer on this one.  Yes & No!

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Couldn't agree more. Good to see you again, Gyppo!

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« Reply #35 on: February 11, 2018, 12:53:15 AM »
So you found us as well.  Good man.

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« Reply #36 on: February 13, 2018, 01:33:04 PM »
Glad you joined us herron!  Good to see old friends.