REDEMPTION SONG BLOG TOUR: Idiotic Idioms: ‘Those who can, do; those who can’t, teach’

Blog Tour Day 5 and I’m with fellow Beach Hut Writer and Beach Hut Writing Academy founder and tutor, Bridget Whelan talking about teaching and writing. Thank you, Bridget.

BRIDGET WHELAN writer

Redemption Song Final

I’m proud to be part of Laura Wilkinson’s blog tour celebrating her latest novel REDEMPTION SONG.  Laura’s a bit of a renaissance woman: a writer of uputdownable stories, a gifted mentor, a meticulous editor and an empowering teacher…over to LAURA WILKINSON

There are a number of idioms that make no sense, but this is one in particular riles: ‘Those who can, do; those who can’t, teach.’  Generally speaking it’s complete tosh, but when it comes to writers and writing it is especially so. Some of the finest creative writing tutors are equally fine writers: Emma Darwin, Vanessa Gebbie, Jenn Ashworth, Bridget Whelan, Julie Cohen, anyone? I could go on. But won’t – we’ll be here all day.

Like writing, teaching is a skill and requires talent as well as training, and not all good teachers make good writers and vice versa. But to assume every author who teaches is a…

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