In my other, more academic life, I teach some graduate courses within rhetoric and composition with this semester’s offering being “Literacy Theory and Composition.” My students just completed their family literacy reports and I would like to do one too, one that traces a specific […]
Month: September 2015
I’ve used Twitter in many classes for extending/creating a conversation about a text in online classes or to encourage English Ed or graduate students to develop a professional network. The following is probably one of the most fun ways to use Twitter in the classroom. It gets to the core of what longterm Twitter use can do for your use of language. Out of necessity, it tightens it up, a common goal for creative writing where words are to be used, not wasted. Here is what my Fiction II students will be doing over the weekend. This was first developed as a poetry exercise that centered on images and concrete language. (more…)
Taking a trope from Gilda Radner’s character, Roseanne Roseannadanna, it’s always something. Either you’re hanging on a cliff hoping for your fingernails to grow in or you’re at the bottom, wishing you’d tied that rope a little better. The lack of broken bones is nothing compared to the feeling of sheer foolishness.
I started my serious return to published poetry in 2013 when I taught a literary publications class. At the time, I felt that encouraging students to submit work while I wasn’t doing the same was just wrong. I still feel that way, and have additionally set new goals each year. That first run of submissions got quick, positive results followed by the long, dark night of the soul called rejections, or as I call it when I’m an editor, declines. (more…)