Every creative writing teacher faces this question. Probably a student is happily proclaiming (or angrily…) that it can’t be taught, therefore s/he should not be critiqued or graded by some rankly subjective instructor who no doubt has some secret agenda anyway and just wants everyone to write like her (or him).
If we’re lucky, the question is asked in genuine curiosity, with a willingness to learn leaning in from one side of the arena and a healthy skepticism looking on coolly from the other.
So what works? This is a question I’d love to hear responses to. Anyone?