2017 Reading Recap

Just for fun (and a little late), I tallied up my 2017 reads. Here are some stats, observations, and favorites. In 2017, I read 33 books total. 18 of those were audiobooks (yes it counts as reading) and the rest were print or ebooks. I read 21 works of fiction and 12 works of nonfiction. … Continue reading 2017 Reading Recap

Digital Personality

I've just wrapped the second week of the Fall 2017 teaching semester, and I'm still in the warm glow of new students, new classes, new ideas. My Writing for Digital Media students had to complete and hand in questionnaires about their digital media habits, and I thought it was only fair I play along and … Continue reading Digital Personality

List 2: Boss Witches

This post is part of a series inspired by the 52 lists project journal; read more about my intention and approach in the original post here. Week 2 / List 2:┬áList your favorite characters from books, movies, etc. This is the prompt that inspired me to buy this journal. I've been a voracious reader my … Continue reading List 2: Boss Witches

The 52 Lists Project 2017

I posted the entry below to Instagram and Facebook a little while ago, but I'm going to begin the project in earnest on the blog this week, so I thought I'd include it here, as an introduction. My number one resolution for 2017 is to get back into a regular writing habit. Between book edits … Continue reading The 52 Lists Project 2017

Alternative Workshop Methods

At #AWP2016 today, I'm serving on the panel "Pedagogy's Next Wave: Alternatives to the Whole-Class Workshop." Specifically, I'll be talking about guided workshops, collaborative workshops, and multimedia workshops. Below, I've included links to the handout I made for the panel, and a few additional pieces of information (lesson plans, readings, etc.) that other teachers may … Continue reading Alternative Workshop Methods

The Professor as Writer

It's a short week, so I don't have too much to say or too much time to write. But my Digital Storytelling students got to see me-as-writer this week, when I did their short digital prompt along with them, so I thought it only fair that my other students get to see that I write, … Continue reading The Professor as Writer

What We Carry

I finally got myself an iPad last week, and I've been having a great time exploring how to integrate it into my life. So far, my favorite uses have been creative (big surprise, I know). For fun: I've been playing around with Keri Smith's "This is Not an App." For day-to-day idea generation and noodling: … Continue reading What We Carry

What Are the Stories You Want to Tell?

Today, I asked this of my Digital Storytelling class, after a really productive discussion about the power of narrative (with the help of Elif Shafak, Benjamin Zander, and Rives). This week, my creative nonfiction students are reading Terry Tempest Williams' "Why I Write," and Joan Didion's "On Keeping a Notebook," to examine nonfiction's possibilities for … Continue reading What Are the Stories You Want to Tell?

Some Thoughts on Working, Fear, and Growth

It's staunchly autumn here in western PA, and I'm beginning to feel it happening. I'm starting to work on my book again. It's been a long time since I've been able to even think about working on the manuscript, and that absence has been hard -- troubling -- to me. I've been thinking, probably too … Continue reading Some Thoughts on Working, Fear, and Growth