One of the most frustrating things for a writing teacher is to encounter students who say they love to write but they don’t like to read. What? Really?
Recently I was writing a proposal for an introductory course in creative writing. My colleagues couldn’t understand why so much of the course was devoted to reading and analyzing the works of others. Did I need to point out the obvious? Reading the works of great (or even good) writers is simply the best way to…Continue
The following is from my blog: http://transformativewriting.blogspot.com/2011/09/directions-to-carnegie-hall.html
One recent Saturday night, a friend and I went to see the Charlotte Symphony perform. We went because I wanted to hear “Pictures at an Exhibition,” one of my favorite pieces, but the Mussorgsky composition was not the only music on the program. In the first…Continue
"Your workshop may have been a life-changer for me," she wrote in the email. She hadn't shared her work in the workshop but she sent me what she had written: a story about lost love and unhappiness. It was a story I could relate to from my own years in an unhappy marriage. And it was a reminder about the power of this thing we do: writing, sharing, telling our stories. Even if she was too afraid to tell that story out loud, she wrote it down and then shared it with one other person. It…Continue