What is the title of your class?
What’s one thing you hope your students will take away from the class?
To remain joyful about writing. It is work, but it is happy work. Writing is a privilege, not a curse!
What sorts of writers will you be reading/assigning in class? Why?
Peter Ho Davies, Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche, Andrew Sean Greer, Preeta Samarasan. I chose these writers because each provides examples of what works and what does not with regard to writing violence/war.
Can your students connect with you on social media? If so, how?
FB and Twitter. I just got out of a monastic residency (finished new book!), so don’t know about ello. Ru Freeman at either of the other two places.
Are any of your works online and available to the public?
If you click this link, you will find links to some short fiction, essays, reviews, and political opinion pieces. There is also a blog on the site.
What’s your teaching philosophy?
To understand what motivates each student and teach to that. Overall, to teach a class how to read and to expose them to new writers.
What advice do you have about getting into the habit of writing regularly?
I don’t have such a habit, so I truly cannot advocate for it.
What are you working on right now? Where did the idea come from?
I just completed the first draft of a new novel at a residency at Hedgebrook on Whidbey Island. The idea came from a spontaneous bit of writing I did the night before a reading in New York.
What’s your favorite word in the English vocabulary?
Let’s talk writing inspiration—what’s the No. 1 thing that drives you to write?
I need to open myself to you (poetry). I am sharing something I love (personal essay). I am pissed off about something (journalism). I want to understand something and be truthful (fiction).