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Solving the Mystery of Writing

Did you know that when asked, an estimated 75% of people will say that they want to write a book? But 75% of people aren’t writing books, are they? There are probably a good number of people who are closet … Continue reading

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Why I Spent Years Trying not to Be a Mormon Writer (and How I Got Over That)

In 1992, back when I started my freshman year of college, I knew that I wanted to be a writer. I also knew (or at least thought I knew) that I didn’t want to be a “Mormon writer.” The only … Continue reading

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Class Update and AML Conference Thoughts

Class Update My creative writing class continues to be very fun. Two weeks ago student  s were to write sonnets that played with the conventions of the form in some way: one student chose to write one “backwards-sonnet” with the … Continue reading

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My Creative Writing Class: First Thoughts

Many of you read my hypothetical plan for a first lesson in a creative writing class, as well as the follow-up announcement that I would actually get a chance to use it. A brief update now that I have four … Continue reading

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Now That I’m Going to Teach Creative Writing….

In June, I wrote a post called “If I ever teach creative writing…” Through a strange and fortunate twist of fate, I find myself in exactly that position this fall. So now I’m in the process of trying to use … Continue reading

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If I ever teach creative writing…

If I ever teach creative writing, this is what my first lesson will be. I will make the students put away books and laptops and desks, leaving only one table in the middle of the room. I will put a … Continue reading

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