Foray into teaching

I taught my first creative writing class this week! It was the first session of a free ten-week course at my local community center. So far I only have six students (and only four of them could come this time), but we're hoping to grow as we go. I'm happy to say that the group …

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On the road

I spent sixteen hours alone in the car this weekend and brought along some audio books for company. I started with Cormac McCarthy’s The Road. Seemed appropriate. If you haven’t heard Tom Stechschulte read this grand novel while driving, give it a try. Preferably by yourself. And in cold weather. But be forewarned — you’re …

Audience matters

This week I read a great interview in The Rumpus in which Nanette Vonnegut said her father always kept his audience in mind while writing. He had a very specific audience: his sister. “He got her attention because he was funny,” Nanette said. “When you see them together, there’s just so much love there.” Nanette went on to …

The power of the pen

When I finished my MFA program in January, I ordered the gifts our class chose to give the faculty: pens imprinted with our class slogan and graduation date. They had built-in reading lights, and we strung them on matching silk cords with handwritten thank-you notes. What perfect gifts for writers, from writers! But they were …

Here I am

I've owned this domain for over a year now, so I figure it's about time I started blogging here. Since I'm a writer, you'd think blogging would come naturally to me — but that's not the case. I'd much rather hibernate with private writing projects that only see the light of day (if ever) after …