I’m suspicious of the idea of craft, of discrete, portable tools or techniques that a writer can learn ad then carry from work to work. If there are such tools, they’re limited, almost inconsequential. Real growth for a writer, I tell my students, happens outside of the workshop, and it has nothing to do with the trappings of a career. To be a better writer requires finding a way to care about things more deeply and more broadly, to become more interested in the world, to observe it more finely.

-Garth Greenwell in Brick: a Literary Journal