This is from the final page and final paragraph of the collected essays of Writers [On Writing] from The New York Times; and seems a fitting way to end these posts.
'I still agree with Wallace Stegner that talent is a prerequisite for the future professional. But there's a place in the classroom for other interested parties who, in their ardent analysis of one another's writing, become much better readers. And God knows we can always use more of them.'
Hilma Wolitzer, 'Embarking Together on a Solitary Journey