From the May/June, 2018 issue of Touchstone
education literature Literary Light by Robert Erle Barham

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Literary Light

Robert Erle Barham on the Craft of Creating Worlds of Words

I'm just not a good writer." One idea that I encounter in the college classroom—represented by remarks like this one—is the view of writing as talent rather than craft. The notion that writing mainly results from one's constitution can deter students from the dedication that leads to better work. As a result, I make analogies to arts like carpentry and sculpture throughout each semester.

I have also found it helpful to talk about writing as a technology. Because it's so familiar, we don't tend to think of writing as such, but i . . .


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