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Academic, attorney, editor, and former professor of English discusses writing, literary theory, and items of general nerditude. Sometimes cats!
Our first-year writing program requires me to teach four basic genres of writing commonly encountered in college classrooms. But it has almost no requirements in addition to these, which gives me a lot of flexibility in how I teach … Continue reading
The phrase that comes out of my mouth most often during exam week is “no, really, I love teaching.” I never have to justify my love of teaching at any other time of year – only during the week after … Continue reading
I find it ironic that every measure I have taken this semester to get out of doing work has resulted in better writing from my students. Daily writing journals I never read = better writing. Homework I grade solely on … Continue reading
Not Congress Congress.* Unless you are a medievalist. Then yes, Congress Congress.** Specifically, I’ll be presenting as part of MEARCSTAPA‘s “Monsters II: De/Coupling Monstrosity and Disability” panel at the International Congress on Medieval Studies, aka “Kalamazoo.” This is the first paper … Continue reading
Back at the law firm, we had a “pace” for long-form research-based writing, like recommendation letters and legal briefs: one page per hour. This was approximately how long producing these pages actually took, from the moment one of the paralegals … Continue reading
In my recently-drafted seminar paper for poetry, I argued that poetic language may offer a “common ground” in which to draw autistic writers and allistic readers together. In the currently-underway seminar paper for theory, I’m attempting to articulate a theoretical … Continue reading