Traditional methods of teaching writing and advice through writing workshops tend to focus on the form and style of the writing. This instructional method has the unfortunate effect of separating the writing from the content. Julio Cortazar has a different approach to the discussion of writing as a craft. He takes a much broader view in discussing ideology and the place of writing in society and history. Cortazar emphasizes writing as a method of seeking human destiny and expressing history. Cortazar believed very strongly in using writing to challenge the mainstream and go beyond the limits of history and societal constructs. Writing, according to Cortazar, should express the core of the human desire to analyze, think, and find a true purpose beyond current or historical restrictions.
- Writing is a tool that should be used to inform, educate, and provide the voiceless with a voice.
- Progressive and nontraditional ideas are emerging in writing and are evident in the expression of non-mainstream society. However, only certain populations are embracing these emerging ideas.
- Traditional writing and instructional practices limit the craft of writing and the creativity of writers.
“As Cortázar stresses throughout his talks, writing is rarely a pursuit of answers but, rather, about investigation—of the self, of one’s work, and of the world at large.”