How to be a Great Writer

How to be a writer. Not just a writer; a great writer. Two easy steps. Sit on your butt. Write. Beverages and music allowed. That means you don’t dodishescheckemailmakecallsbalancethecheckbookpaybillsdochoreswatchtv or blog. I’m writing this waiting for the tea to boil, so I’m claiming the beverage exception. Don’t tell me how busy you are. It impliesContinue reading “How to be a Great Writer”

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Reflections on Twenty Years of College Teaching, Part 2: Pedagogy

The most important question you can answer for your students, not just after the fact, but from the beginning, is why?

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My Blakean Life

I have been lax in celebrating William Blake’s birthday, which passed by recently, on Nov. 28th. A Londoner almost all of his life, he was born in 1757 and died in 1827, just short of his 70th birthday. He’s best known for The Songs of Innocence and of Experience, and within that, the poem “TheContinue reading “My Blakean Life”

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Writing for College and Beyond Now Available

I’m proud to announce that the first-year writing textbook Writing for College and Beyond is now available for order at the publisher’s website. The result of 18 years of teaching first year writing, I realized something many students need — and that most first year writing textbooks lack — are explanations of how the tasksContinue reading “Writing for College and Beyond Now Available”

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