I’m not angry, I’m livid (TESS article) | Anne Glennie

According to a recent Guardian article, a group of children’s authors is writing to the UK government, to complain that primary teachers are “damaging children’s creative writing” by encouraging them to use language that is “too elaborate, flowery and over-complex”.

Cecilia Busby, who writes fantasy fiction for children, would much rather that we teach writing in schools just like they do on MA Creative Writing courses “where you’re taught to strip out the adverbs, remove all adjectives, and write in a simple, direct way”.

Well, I’d much rather that authors stick to writing books…

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