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We continue our discussion on creativity.
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Can creativity be taught?
Karen Cioffi: I do think creativity can be taught. One person may be more creative than another, but I think everyone has the potential to learn it. There is so much information available to help writers learn how to write, to learn the craft of writing, finding information on creativity is the same. One strategy is to read in the genre you want to write. Read newly published books and books that have won awards. Then model the techniques or format in these books. There’s also a copywriting technique that involves writing/copying word-for-word quality copy. This strategy is geared to teach the brain to write quality content. This though is just a writing exercise; you obviously can’t use someone else’s work as your own. All these different avenues of information can help spark and build creativity.
Jade Varden: Up to a point, anything can be taught. You can learn technique and tricks and brainstorming, but at the end of the day to write fiction you’ve got to get those random creative ideas that come from nowhere.
Thea Landen: I'm not sure. It definitely should be encouraged from an early age!
Penny Ehrenkranz: That’s a really hard question, and I’m not sure what the answer is. My first response would be no, but I’m sure a creative writing teacher might disagree. I think a student needs to have an aptitude for creativity, and then the teacher can fine tune it and steer the student in the right direction.
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