Story-telling is one of the most distinguishing traits of our species: the earliest written literature goes back to 2600 BC, but 35,000-year old cave paintings already feature myths. Everyone has stories to tell: true ones and imaginary ones; short anecdotes or book-length fiction… The enjoyment and confidence of writing them down only grow with practice!
I’ve been leading creative writing workshops since 2013 and love teaching. That may be because it doesn’t feel like ‘teaching’ but more like helping others on their journeys to finding their voice and improving their skill, whatever their age and writing experience.
They say that learning about creative writing also increases the pleasure you take in books, as you switch to ‘reading as a writer’: with an eye for challenges and authors’ solutions, for intentions, effects and further layers of meaning. That has certainly been true for me too, despite having been an avid reader all my life.
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