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Finding Your Voice

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Originally Posted On MASH stories

I recently wrote a piece about the on-going debate regarding whether or not ‘creative writing’ can be taught, being inspired by Cheryl Whittaker’s interview with my old friend Ashley Stokes. As this is a major part of my professional life, I was, of course, arguing that it could, while suggesting that the gainsayers tend to confuse the art with the craft. I concluded that while it is true that you cannot teach a student writer imagination and personal style, you can help them to enhance these qualities within themselves through study and practice, and to thus find their own unique writer’s voice. Cheryl has invited me to expand on this point, and to offer a few suggestions to Mashers on how you might seek out and find this voice.

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