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Write If You Must

How to tell anything that must be told.

Mar 21, 2011, Vol. 16, No. 26 • By DIANE SCHARPER
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Rosenblatt’s job is not to teach students how to become professional writers, which cannot be done, but to teach students how to improve their writing. He wants students to find their own “vision” and helps by pointing out “revelatory moments” in their work, and how to find such moments for themselves. When they learn to do this, he explains in this wise, unassuming little volume, they will “string the moments together sentence after sentence, and will begin to feel the shaky exhilaration of being a writer.”

Diane Scharper is professor of English at Towson University.

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