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As Bruce and Jeff said, writing is a skill, like any other skill. It can be taught, it can be learned. It takes motivation, a willing to "change," practice, and reading. There's a reason why every book I've read about writing tells you to write every day for at least a couple hours and to read everything in sight. Doing so sharpens your skills. Do some people have a talent for writing that others don't have. Sure. Does that mean that someone without the talent can't write as well as someone with the talent? Depends on how motivated the person without writing talent is.
Oh yeah, and all of this also depends on the teacher. Because, let's face it, there are some teachers who just don't know what they're doing, or are busy pushing their own agenda, to be of any use to their students.
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