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Classy Talk: David Shields | Summer 2014

Posted Mon, 5/26/2014 - 4:07pm by  |  Category:

Shields, DavidWhat is the title of your class?
Life is Short—Art is Shorter

People should take this class if…
they are interested in making their work more concise.

Can your students connect with you on social media? If so, how?
Yeah. Via Facebook and Twitter.

Are any of your works online and available to the public?
All 15 of my books are available as e-books. See my website for excerpts from all.

What’s your teaching philosophy?
Socratic method.

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.)
I couldn’t disagree more. I believe in creating prose built only out of 240 discrete but connected darlings.

What’s your favorite implement to write with? Why?
Rock on stone.

Attach a photo of your writing desk.
N/A. See above.

What are you working on right now? What’s the hardest thing about it?
A photo essay. The essay part and the photo part.

What’s your favorite word in the English vocabulary?
Language.