Category: Thoughts on Writing

I’ll Burn My Syllabus

A pedagogy that cannot respond to change is at best a zombie pedagogy. Monday morning I came in to my office to learn that Seamus Heaney had died over the weekend. Because one of my goals in my Introduction to…

Women as Bodies: The Vice Spread

Vice Magazine has now taken down its fashion photography spread featuring reenactments of women writers‘ suicides. In their statement, they suggest that they were trying to do something creative, something that pushed the boundaries, and that in attempting to do…

How to Use Creative Writing Workshops

This summer, thousands of ambitious writers will move to new towns and cities in order to pursue their MFAs. Others will start (mostly) online programs in the fall. All of them will be subjected to workshops. These are two strategies…

Why I Write Flash Fiction

What draws me to flash fiction is the way its brevity foregrounds two things: concept and style. Longer fiction can have these elements too; works like Finnegans Wake may even be dominated by one of them. Such an emphasis, however,…