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Teaching Writing

Has a Teacher Changed Your Life?

Lev Raphael | Posted 05.07.2015 | Education
Lev Raphael

I had dreamed of being a writer since I was in second grade, but it wasn't until I took my first class with Kristin Lauer at Fordham University's Lincoln Center campus that I fell in love with writing itself.

Trying To Choose My Grandparent Name

Nancy Sommers | Posted 05.03.2015 | Fifty
Nancy Sommers

The idea that I might, for the first time in my life, name myself seems an unsettling responsibility. What I know about grandmothers is less from my own memories as a granddaughter and more from the decades of reading students' essays about their grandmothers.

16 Reasons Why I Love to Teach Creative Writing

Lev Raphael | Posted 11.15.2014 | Education
Lev Raphael

I felt intensely grateful that I'd had a writing mentor in college who had modeled dedicated, patient, relaxed, non-bullying work with students. Not changing what your students write but doing your best to bring it into fuller bloom. That's not easy.

My First Writing Teacher -- Frank McCourt

Steve Mariotti | Posted 08.07.2013 | Books
Steve Mariotti

I write now because of Frank McCourt, who instead of sitting us in the traditional classroom had already rearranged the seats in a circle. This meant someone painfully shy like me had no cover.

What Should Young Writers Read?

Lev Raphael | Posted 06.15.2013 | Books
Lev Raphael

Dan Chaon was recently taken to task in Salon for suggesting that young writers read literary fiction. Why? Because it's "terrible." But Chaon wasn't recommending that young writers read only literary fiction. His advice was actually more specific than that.

The Art of Being Dumb

Timothy Braun | Posted 11.17.2012 | Books
Timothy Braun

When these students write I can see anger and frustration. These students are the "losers" at the university, and they know it. Most people don't like being called "dumb."

Finding the Write Stuff: A Science Teacher Puts on Her Literacy Hat

Teach Plus | Posted 08.27.2012 | Education
Teach Plus

As a science teacher, I learned a great deal by putting on my writing teacher hat. I also learned how important it is for students to see how all content can relate on an interdisciplinary level.

No Song Left Unsung

Terry Blackhawk | Posted 02.11.2012 | Detroit
Terry Blackhawk

At InsideOut Literary Arts Project we witness each day the way the voices of Detroit's young people strengthen our community. The backbone of InsideOut is a cadre of dedicated creative writers who help them find their songs and tell their stories.