Came upon a few posts from my old blog 50 shimmering pages that I thought might be of interest to some of you. March 14, 2013 For the last several months, I have been obsessed with trying to understand what makes one novel more broadly appealing than another. Because the question is complex and thorny, … Continue reading The Enemy of Good is Better: Novels that Resonate vs. Novels that Satisfy
"You become a better writer because you need to become a writer. Nothing else." ~ Grace Paley
High school students in China understand the burden of expectation. As this article points out, 9.4 million of them compete for the most coveted prize in China -- a spot in one of the nation's top universities. So great is their burden that the entire country takes extreme measures to allow students to perform their … Continue reading The Burden of Expectation
For the past several days, I've been working through a stack of critical analysis essays and printed slides of accompanying oral presentations as well as revisions of short stories and personal essays. Every semester I struggle to come up with rubrics that will help guide students toward successfully completing assignments in my creative writing courses. It's not … Continue reading Grading Creative Writing: What’s an A?
So my first semester as the writer-in-residence at Salem College has just ended, and now that I have a better sense of my responsibilities, I thought I'd share with you just what I've been doing. In case you were wondering. As you may know, there are different kinds of residencies offered to writers. I've been … Continue reading What Does a Writer-in-Residence Do?