Tuesday, June 03, 2014


I think teaching writing is not so much a matter of "teaching" as creating a space for students to read and to experiment with words, then encouraging them and helping them find the discipline to continue trying. Writing can't be "taught," but it can be learned as the student reads and writes and reads and writes and gets pushed to look at possibilities that he/she may not have considered. The teacher cannot be a "guide" in the traditional sense, since none of us know where the student is going; the teacher can be an inspiration and a metaphor for the writing life.

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