Growing Pains: The Coming of Age Story
People should take this class if…
Anyone up for re-living the misery and thrill of adolescence through fiction will love this class. (Is that too confident a recommendation of my own class? Because I could tone it down and just say that this class would be great for anyone who is a young adult, was a young adult, or knows a young adult.)
Can your students connect with you on social media? If so, how?
I’m on Facebook here.
Are any of your works online and available to the public?
Those interested in looking me up can find me on my website.
What’s your teaching philosophy?
Writing is a practice. As a teacher, I work to guide students toward a clearer understanding of writing fiction, introduce them to a diverse body of published work, and offer them an instructive and supportive space in which to test their own drafts and grow in their own practice as writers.
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 just slashed and burned most of a 280 page novel and am now re-writing it as a short story. I’d like to say this stings, because I worry that something’s a little wrong with me when it doesn’t, but once the story’s on the page the cord is cut for me and I’m happy to brutalize the narrative as necessary.
What’s your favorite implement to write with? Why?
I do all of my writing on the computer. (It’s easier to make those sweeping cuts to the manuscript!)
What are you working on right now? What’s the hardest thing about it?
I have several projects going—four short stories (a couple begun, a couple in note-form) and a novel I’ve been working on for a long time. They’re all hard to write in different ways, but I’ve come to expect this of a draft. Every time I sit down to a new project it’s like learning how to write all over again.
What’s your favorite word in the English vocabulary?
Difficult question! Today I’d say my answer is grace. Tomorrow it will likely be something different.