A good talk about writing what you don’t know… and writing in a foreign language.

Often in Creative Writing classes, teachers will tell students, “Write what you know!” (I don’t think I said that to you, but I could easily have done so.) But Turkish author Elif Shafak has a different idea, one that makes a lot of sense to me and which I think could be useful to you, so I’m posting her lecture at TED.com for you.(She also has some good ideas about the process of writing in a foreign language and the act of reinventing yourself.)See her talk here. (And while there are not yet Korean subtitles, there are English subtitles available which will help you understand her despite her wonderful accent.)

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