People should take this class if…
1. they want to create engaging, evocative stories using material from their own lives.
2. they want to learn more about creating a sense of place in their work, and use setting to build tension, develop characters, and to create mood.
Are any of your works online and available to the public?
No, but they can find my novel The Evening Hour in print or as an e-book.
What’s your teaching philosophy?
I encourage students to take risks and push themselves to uncover the heart of their stories. I teach writing as a process, one that has no hard rules or easy shortcuts. In my classes, everyone gets the chance to speak up and contribute to the dialog, and I work hard to create a sense of community and support among the students.
Faulkner said to “kill your darlings.” Can you remember a specific darling you’ve killed and why? (Refrain from admitting to actual homicide in your Classy Talk Survey.)
When I was working on The Evening Hour, I realized after about 2 years into it that the multiple point of view wasn’t working, so I cut the sections that weren’t from Cole’s perspective—about 150 pages.
What’s your favorite implement to write with? Why?
I always work on my MacBook. But it’s from 2006 and slowly dying. It’s very loud and burning hot—probably it’s a fire hazard. I’d love a new one (hint, hint).
What are you working on right now? What’s the hardest thing about it?
I’m working on my second novel, currently untitled. Everything about it is hard! But there is nothing else I’d rather be doing.
What’s your favorite word in the English vocabulary?
Trick question—too many, and context is important! But I just came across the use of “glissando” in a story by Mary Hood that I think is lovely : In the silence there was the glissando of locusts.