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Can writing be taught? David Ulin and Carolyn Kellogg discuss
Can writing be taught? David Ulin and Carolyn Kellogg discuss

In the video chat below, L.A. Times book critic David L. Ulin and books staff writer Carolyn Kellogg try to decide if creative writing can be taught. As hundreds of thousands tackle NaNoWriMo, we wonder what it takes to make a writer a writer. Is it natural talent? Hard-learned lessons? Determination and commitment? For Ulin, there are certain intagibles that cannot be taught -- particularly the connection between author and story. For a story to be good, he explains, it's essential that the writer feels he or she needs to tell the story. That it's something that must be told, and they alone are the one to tell it. That doesn't mean the elements of the story must be exciting...

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